Call for Papers
Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology
Annual Meeting March 2-4, 2017
Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA
Theme: “Poured Out Upon Us: The Holy Spirit”
The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology invites paper proposals on any aspect of Mormon belief, including its philosophical ramifications. We particularly encourage submissions on this year’s theme.
When Joseph Smith was asked by the President of the United States about the differences between Mormonism and “the other religions of the day,” he responded that “all other considerations were contained in the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Mormons look to the Holy Spirit for both prophetic authority and individual faith, as a source of daily guidance and transformative power. Descriptions of the Holy Spirit in personal terms of speaking, feeling emotion, or acting are sparse in the scriptures, compared with other members of the Godhead. Yet reliance on the functions of this “personage of spirit” (D&C 130:22) is pervasive in Mormon practice.
Topics falling under this theme might include but are not limited to:
• the Spirit’s relation to the Father and Son
• gifts of the spirit
• scriptural descriptions of the Holy Ghost
• the Holy Spirit and the Light of Christ
• the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of the Lord
• the baptism of fire
• being quickened by the Spirit (Rom 8:11)
• the promptings of the Spirit
• denying the Holy Ghost
• the power of the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost
• accounts of the Spirit by figures such as Joseph Fielding Smith or Bruce R. McConkie
• the body as temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. 6:19)
• the role of the Spirit in the plan of salvation
Submission deadline: November 28, 2016
Full for details, see here.