The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar Symposium (July 11, 2013)
Posted by kirkcaudle on June 18, 2013
The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar, co-sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation and the Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley Institution, will be holding a public symposium on Thursday July 11th, 2013 at Brigham Young University, for all interested parties.
This years seminar has continued the series of seminars on Mormon culture begun in the summer of 1997. The seminar was conducted by Terryl Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion and James A. Bostwick Chair of English at the University of Richmond.
This particular seminar has continued a series begun three years ago on the history of Mormon thought. A principal evidence appealed to by early Mormon writers and missionaries, on which they based their claim to authoritative restoration, was the abundance of spiritual gifts manifest among believers in the church founded by Joseph Smith. Closely allied to these gifts was the Latter-day Saint claim to genuine priesthood authority. The participants of the seminar have studied how early Saints understood the workings of the spirit and spiritual gifts, and how those perceptions and manifestations have changed through Latter-day Saint history. They have also investigate the theology behind early Mormon exercise of the priesthood, their understanding of the role of ordinances in salvation, and how such understanding was shaped by and responded to Protestant notions of the sacraments.
The topic for this years seminar is, “Workings of the Spirit and Works of the Priesthood: Gifts and Ordinances in LDS Thought and Practice.” Therefore, presentations for this years symposium will largely revolve around this broad topic.
9:00 AM Welcome by Terry Givens
9:05 AM “God’s Power and the Problem of Chaos” -Matt Whitlock
9:35 AM “Web of Kin or Chain of Family: Theological Implications of Early Mormon Sealings to 1894” – Carl Cranney
10:05 AM “Ever Expanding Eternities: An Exploration into Early Mormon Ontology and Soteriology” – Jeremy Talmage
10:35 AM “A Flood of Light and An Abyss of Darkness: Mormons, Heathens, and Bringing Truth Home to Zion” – James Egan
11:05 AM “The Atonement and Justice in LDS Belief and Covenant” –Craig Rossell
11:35 AM “Authority and Law in Mormon Restorationism” – Mie Inouye
12:05 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM “Divine Authority and the Conditions of Salvation” –Ryan Davis
1:30 PM “’That ye may not be deceived’: Discerning of Spirits and the 1831 Priesthood Developments” – Jeremy Leatham
2:00 PM “Gifts and Boondoggles: Spiritual Praxis among Early Mormon Missionaries” – Kaitlyn Pieper
2:30 PM “Joseph Smith and the Gift of Translation: The Development of Spiritual Gifts during the Early Book of Mormon Translation Process (1828-1829)” – Kirk Caudle
3:00 PM “Perverted by the most frantic enthusiasm:” The Embrace of Spiritual Gifts in early Mormonism” – Alan Clark
3:30 PM “The Blessing Female” – Helena Bushman
4:00 PM “Unveiling the Face of God” – Alex Struk
The symposium will be held at Brigham Young University in room B-092 in the Joseph F. Smith Building from 9am-4pm. All are invited to attend and the event is free.
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