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2012 SMPT Annual Meeting Schedule

Theme:  "Theology of The Book of Mormon"
Date:  September 20-22, 2012
Location:  University Inn, Fifth Floor (Rooms 507, 510, and 511)
Utah State University
Logan, Utah
Cost:  Free and Open to the Public

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Read the abstracts (PDF) of the presentations and see the presenters listed alphabetically.

Thursday, September 20th

1:00 pm 
Welcome, Opening Plenary Address
Questions at the Veil
   Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture, Utah State University
2:30 pm 
Concurrent Sessions
Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading
   Steven L. Peck, Brigham Young University
  What Can We Do?: Reflections on 2 Nephi 25:23
   Joseph Spencer, University of New Mexico
  In Principio Creavit Deus: The Theological Use of Creation Imagery in the Book of Mormon
   David Bokovoy, Brandeis University
3:30 pm 
Plenary Session
Book Panel: An Other Testament: On Typology, By Joseph Spencer
   James Faulconer, Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University    (Moderator/Panelist)
   Blair Hodges, Georgetown University (Panelist)
   Clark Goble, Independent Scholar (Panelist)
   Brad Kramer, University of Michigan (Panelist)
   Author responds: Joseph Spencer
5:00 pm  Dinner Break
7:00 pm 
Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture
The Prophecy of Enoch as Restoration Blueprint
   Terryl Givens, Bostwick Chair of English, University of Richmond

Location: Logan Tabernacle, 50 North Main St.

Friday, September 21st

9:00 am 
Welcome, Opening Plenary Address
Free Will in the Early Church
   Daniel Graham, Brigham Young University
10:15 am 
Concurrent Sessions
Mormonism, Idealism, and Romanticism
   James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  Every Truth is a Work, Every Object is a Covenant
   Adam S. Miller, Collin College
  The Eternality of God: Toward a Theological interpretation of the Book of Mormon
   Jordan Barrett, Wheaton College
11:15 am 
Concurrent Sessions
"What's Ragged Should Be Left Ragged": God's Problem of Evil
   Loyd Ericson, Utah Valley University
  Opposition in All Things: The Book of Mormon View
   Janice Allred, Independent Scholar, Provo, Utah
  Foreordination, Foreknowledge, and Free Will: The Doctrine of Pre-existence in Alma 13
   Charles Harrell, Brigham Young University
12:05 pm  Lunch Break
1:30 pm 
Concurrent Sessions
Jacob, Isaiah, and Social Justice in the Book of Mormon
   Blair Hodges, Georgetown University
  War is Hell: The Ethics of War in the Book of Mormon
   Margaret Toscano, University of Utah
  Book of Mormon Theologies: A Thumbnail Sketch
   Robert F. Smith, Independent Scholar, Provo, Utah
2:30 pm 
Concurrent Sessions
The Book of the Weeping God
   Benjamin Huff, Randolph-Macon College
  Divine Sovereignty and Human Agency
   Heather Hardy, Independent Scholar, Asheville, North Carolina
  Pearl of Great Price as the Basis of Mormon Mishradic Tradition
   A.J. Frost, Columbia University
3:45 pm 
Plenary Session
Panel Discussion: Secular Norms and the Scholarship of Faith
   Ralph C. Hancock, Brigham Young University (Moderator/Panelist)
   Terryl Givens, University of Richmond (Panelist)
   Daniel Peterson, Brigham Young University (Panelist)
5:15 pm  Dinner Break
7:30 pm 
Featured Plenary Address
The Promise of Book of Mormon Theology
   Grant Hardy, Professor of History and Religious Studies,
   University of North Carolina at Asheville

Saturday, September 22nd

9:00 am 
Opening Plenary Address
Gratia Plena: A Catholic View of Grace in the Book of Mormon
   Peter Huff, Besl Family Chair in Ethics, Religion and Society, Xavier University; Chair in Religious Studies, Centenary College of Louisiana
10:00 am 
Concurrent Sessions
The Importance of Being Meek
   Linda Soderquist, Independent Scholar
  Obliging Grace in the Book of Mormon
   Brent Schmidt, Brigham Young University-Idaho
  Prisca Theologia in the Book of Mormon
   Samuel M. Brown, University of Utah
11:00 am 
Concurrent Sessions
2 Nephi 2: Our Choice Requires Opposition in All Things
   Jeffrey Hansen, Independent Scholar
  Religious Disagreement: Internal and External
   Dennis Potter, Utah Valley University
  Adam Fell That Men Might Be: An Exegetical History
   Rico Martinez, Independent Scholar
11:50 am  Lunch Break
12:50 pm 
SMPT Business Meeting (All interested are welcome to attend)
1:30-2:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Could God Really Learn by Being Mortal? Two Interpretations of Alma 7:11-13
   Mark B. Rasmuson, Ave Maria School of Law
1:30-2:50 pm Book Panel
Exploring Mormon Thought, Vol 3: Of God and Gods, By Blake T. Ostler
   James McLachlan, Western Carolina University (moderator/panelist)
   Dennis Potter, Utah Valley University (panelist)
   Adam Miller, Collin College (panelist)
   Author responds: Blake T. Ostler
2:30-3:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Hope in Christ: The Better World of Grace and Sanctification
   Keith Lane, Brigham Young University - Hawaii
3:00-4:20 pm Book Panel
Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology, By Adam S. Miller
   Rosalynde Welch, Independent Scholar, St. Louis, Missouri (moderator/panelist)
   Joseph Spencer, University of New Mexico (panelist)
   Jacob Baker, Claremont Graduate University (panelist)
   George Handley, Brigham Young University (panelist)
   Author responds: Adam Miller
3:30-4:20 pm
Faith as a Doxastic Practice: A Philosophical Consideration of Alma 32
   John Nicholson, Grand Canyon University
4:20 pm
4:40 pm 

Closing Plenary Address
The Book of Mormon on "The True Church" and Religious Pluralism
   Charles Randall Paul, President, Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

The Society is grateful to several donors for their generous financial support, without which this conference would not be possible, including the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture (USU), the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding (BYU), and two anonymous donors.

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