The Mormon History Association (MHA) will gather the first weekend of June 2013, June 6-9, at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah, for its 48th annual conference. For nearly fifty years MHA has provided the premier forum for distribution of the latest research and scholarship in Mormon history studies for scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and other history enthusiasts. With the theme of “The Crowded Landscapes of the Mormon West(s): Agency and Action from the Wasatch Front to the Pacific Rim” nearly 150 presenters will address the conference theme and other topics pertaining to the Mormon past. Continue reading
This is a cross-posting (with permission) from John Gee’s blog.
Five times in the book of Isaiah, Isaiah uses the refrain:
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. (Isaiah 5:25; 9:12, 17, 21; 10:4)
This phrase was recently cited to me as an instance of God’s mercy. I can see how and why someone might take it that way, but doing so fails to understand the English, the underlying Hebrew, the scriptural context and the cultural context of the scriptural passages. There is actually a dissertation being written on this subject (see here), but I will give my own take. Continue reading
This blog post was originally posted here.
Iconotropy is an English neologism from Greek, meaning literally “image turning.” It is defined as “the accidental or deliberate misinterpretation by one culture of the images or myths of another one, especially so as to bring them into accord with those of the first culture.” Iconotropy is, in fact, the most common ways cultures deal with images from foreign or ancient cultures. That is to say, we almost always misunderstand and/or transform, at least to some degree, the iconography of other cultures or religions. The further distanced we are from another culture in time, religion, ideology, or space, the more likely we are to misunderstand their iconography. Continue reading
Here is a collection of links covering videos, articles, and references about Easter.
Daniel C. Peterson
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576457/The-holy-light-of-Easter-in-Jerusalem.html (with Daniel Peterson)
Gregory L. Smith
The following originally appeared on John Gee’s blog.
Speaking about the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (which would later be renamed the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) at the FARMS Annual Recognition Banquet, 27 September 1991, Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
I’ve never made any secret of my appreciation for FARMS. As I see you grow larger and become more significant, I’ll never have any greater appreciation than I did a few years back when our enemies were lobbing all sorts of mortar shells into our Church encampment and among the few guns blazing away were the guns of FARMS. . . . As big and wonderful as you will become and I hope you do, my memories are always nurtured by those moments when so few stood up to respond and among those who did were scholars who have taken the lead in FARMS. . . . This organization, independent as it is, is nevertheless committed, as I see it, to protect and to build up the kingdom of God. . . . I hope you don’t underestimate the significance of what you do as articulators of the faith. In praising C. S. Lewis Austin Farrar said the following (and when I think of this quote I think of FARMS), “Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.” An excellent quote. . . . I mention also to you, in the spirit of appreciation, that I believe much of the vindication that will come to the Prophet and to this work of the Restoration, will come by scholars who are committed to the kingdom, who are unequivocally devoted to it. . . . I myself would be reluctant if you ever moved away from what had become your traditional role. Enterprises of scholarship may be like some businesses who fail at enlargement or lose the essence of what they have been successful at doing.