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2015 Conferences

   

2015 SMPT Annual Meeting Preliminary Schedule

Theme:  “Doers of the Word: Belief and Practice”
Date:  October 8-10, 2015
Location:  Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB)
(unless otherwise noted)

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
  Free and Open to the Public

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Thursday, October 8th

1:30 pm 
  B192  
Welcome, Opening Plenary Session
“All the Learning of My Father: A Rhetorical Analysis of Nephi's Writings and its Theological Implications”
   Noel Reynolds, Brigham Young University, Emeritus
3 pm 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“Embodiment—Moving Beyond the Formal Shape of Simple 'Protoplasm'”
   Steven Peck, Brigham Young University
  4082  “Finitism and the Atonement in Mormon Thought”
   Jeremy Talmage, University of Utah
4 pm 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“Evolution and Mormon Theology: An Interview with Steven Peck”
   Steven Peck, Brigham Young University
   Blake Ostler, Attorney and author
  4082  “A Theology of Eventual Exclusivity: Mormonism’s Contribution to the Salvational Conundrum”
   Kajsa Berlin-Kaufusi, Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center
7:30 pm 
  B192  
Plenary Session
“Are Christians Mormon?”
   David L. Paulsen, Brigham Young University, Emeritus

Friday, October 9th

9:00 am 
  B192  
Plenary Session
“Socrates’ Mission”
   Dan Graham, Brigham Young University
10 am 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom”
   Nate Rockwood, Virginia Tech
  220 
  BRMB*
“'As Though, As Though Not': Time, Being, and Negation”
   Joseph Spencer, Brigham Young University
11 am 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“Why Ritual Makes Sense ”
  Dan Wotherspoon, Open Stories Foundation
  4082  “Repentance and Narrative”
   Sheila Taylor, Independent Scholar
12 pm  Lunch Break
1:30 pm  
  B192 
Business Meeting
2 pm 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“You Are What You Teach: Learning from a Woman to Embody Christian Love”
   Deidre Green, St. Olaf College
  B101  “Mormon Judeophilia: Theological implications for Palestine & Palestinians”
   Blair Van Dyke, Utah Valley University
  B105  “Infirm Foundations: Interpreting Mormon Scripture”
   Taylor Petrey, Kalamazoo College
3 pm 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“The Question and Witness of Truth”
   Keith Lane, Brigham Young University—Hawaii
  B101  “Purifying the Heart: Yehuda Halevi on the Role of Actions in Revealed Religion ”
   Allen Hansen, Utah State University
  B105  “'A Social Act': Toward a Mormon Ethic of Suicide”
   Brad Kramer, Utah Valley University
4 pm 
  B192  
Plenary Panel
“On Terryl and Fiona Givens' Recent Work”
   James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
   Rosalynde Welch, Independent Scholar
   Benjamin Huff, Randolph-Macon College
5:30 pm  Dinner Break
7:30 pm 
  B192  
Plenary Session
“Nomos, Narrative, and Nephi: Jurisgenesis in the Book of Mormon”
   Nate Oman, William and Mary Law School

Saturday, October 10th

9:00 am 
  B192  
Plenary Session
“Is Faith a Matter of Choice? A Polite and Strenuous Debate between Rosalynde Frandsen Welch and Samuel Morris Brown”
   Samuel Brown, University of Utah
   Rosalynde Welch, Independent Scholar
10 am 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“William Chamberlin’s Social Conception of God(s)”
   James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  B040  “Understanding the LDS Church’s Abortion policy”
   Brandon Dabling, Brigham Young University
   Annie Grow, Brigham Young University
   Nancy Stewart, Brigham Young University
  B042  ““What is That to Thee?”: Trust and Differences ”
   Jennifer Lane, Brigham Young University—Hawaii
11:00 am 
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“Faith and Perfect Knowledge: Parsing Alma and the Hebrew Lexicon”
   Ben Spackman, Independent Scholar
  B040  “Charity as Law, or: How to Love Again”
   Jacob Baker, Claremont Graduate University
12pm  Lunch Break
2 pm
  B192 
Concurrent Sessions
“According to My Faith Which Is in Me;
   Matthew Bowen, Brigham Young University—Hawaii
  B040  “The Two Great Questions”
   Father Tom Roberts, Communion of Anglican Churches, International
  B042  “So Blind is the World Today: Michael Servetus' Restoration As Renaissance Antecedent to the Theology of Joseph Smith”
   Stephen B. Church, Independent Scholar
   Scott Haden Church, Brigham Young University
3 pm
  B192  
Plenary Panel
“Theology As Practice”
   James Faulconer, Brigham Young University
   Adam Miller, Collin College
   Joseph Spencer, Brigham Young University
4:40 pm
  B192  
Closing Plenary Session
“A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon”
   John Christopher Thomas, Pentecostal Theological Seminary/Bangor University

*Brimhall Building

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