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2009 Conferences

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2009 SMPT Annual Meeting Schedule

Location: Stauffer Hall, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
Plenary sessions held in Albrecht Auditorium

Thursday, May 21st

9 am
Welcome, Presidential remarks
   James McLachlan, Western Carolina University

9:30 am
Opening Plenary
"'Treasure Them Up': Providence, Pluralism, and the Plan of Salvation"
   Brian Birch, Utah Valley University

10:30 am
Plenary Panel
"Doctrinal Development and Continuing Revelation"
   Sheila Taylor, Graduate Theological Union

"Toward an Experiential Model of Revelation"
   Paul Miller, Claremont Graduate University

Responses by Stephen T. Davis, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont-McKenna College
12 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm
"Religious Approach to the Study of Other Religions"
   Keith Lane, Brigham Young University - Hawaii
"Do Mormons Really Believe That?"
   Tyler Stoehr, University of Utah

2:30 pm
"Looking at Mormonism and Shambhala Buddhism Through the Lens of Religious Pluralism"
   Sharon Adams, Illiff School of Theology

"Mormonism and the Religious Other"
   Jason Monson, University of Glasgow

4 pm
Featured Plenary
"God Beyond Orthodoxy: Process Theology for the 21st Century."
   Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology
5:30 pm Dinner Break

7:30 pm
Featured Plenary
"Process Eschatology and Mormon Eschatology: A Discussion with Marjorie Suchocki"
   Marjorie Suchocki, Claremont School of Theology, Emerita

Friday, May 22nd

9 am
"The Secular and the Sacred"
   James E. Faulconer, Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University

10 am
"Reflections on My Experience with Interfaith Dialogue"
   Daniel Peterson, Brigham Young University
"Omnipotent Weakness: Toward a Mormon Doctrine of God's Omnipotence"
   Joseph Spencer, San Jose State University

11 am
"Pluralistic practices in the life of Muhammad"
   Farooq Hassan, N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan

"Rethinking the Eternal: D.Z. Phillips, Immortality, and Eternal Life"
   Loyd Ericson, Claremont Graduate University
12 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm
"Sibling Rivalry- Mormons and Pentecostals"
   Chris Smith

"On the Corruptibility of Matter: The Possibilities for a Material Version of an Immortal Soul"
   J. Mark Olsen, Westminster College

2:30 pm
"'God With Us': Panentheism, Pansyntheism, and the Mormon God"
   Jacob Baker, Claremont Graduate University

4 pm
William Chamberlin Session
"C. S. Lewis, Latter-day Saints, and the 'Virtuous Unbeliever'"
   Blair Hodges, University of Utah

"The Eternal Mother: Teachings, Controversies, and Applications"
   Martin Pulido & Eric Dowdle, Brigham Young University
5:30 pm Dinner Break

7:30 pm
Featured Plenary
"About Those Other Nations:  Thinking About Pluralism with John Cobb"
   John Cobb, Claremont School of Theology, Emeritus
   Max Johnson, Claremont Graduate University
   James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
   Dan Wotherspoon, Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy

Saturday, May 23rd

9 am
"Searching for an Adequate Theodicy"
   David L. Paulsen, Brigham Young University

10 am
"Sociality: Pluralism in the Experience and Thought of Joseph Smith, Jr."
   Randall Paul, Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy

"Mormonism, Hagiography, and the Virgin Mary"
   Alonzo Gaskill, Brigham Young University

11 am
"Compromise, Commitment and the Spirit of Contention"
   Robert Couch, Brigham Young University
"Uniting All Peoples by the Gospel"
   Jared Ludlow, Brigham Young University
12 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm
"Teaching Religious Pluralism at Brigham Young University"
   Miranda Wilcox, Brigham Young University

"I Am among You As One that Serveth"
   Jennifer Lane, Brigham Young University - Hawaii

2:30 pm
"Pluralism within the One Church"
   Benjamin Huff, Randolph-Macon College
"Charity and the Pure Love of God"
   Richard Sherlock & Grayson Weeks, Utah State University

4 pm
Featured Plenary
"On Being Ill at Ease in the World"
   Richard Bushman, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
(SMPT Sponsored Session

Location: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Saturday, November 7th


"Pre-existence of the Soul: Historical, Theological and Philosophical Perspectives"

This session features papers responding to Terryl Givens' new book, When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought (Oxford 2009), and replies from the author. Givens' study examines a wide range of speculative literature ranging from Platonic texts, to early Christian variations, to Romantic preoccupation with the theme of human existence before birth. Along with the history of the idea, the book explores its significance, and the reasons why some have found the idea appealing, while others have resisted it. We will consider the implications of belief in pre-existence for theories of human nature, freedom of the will, and the sovereignty of God. Sponsored by the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology.
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