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Religion, feminism, and freedom of conscience : a Mormon/humanist dialogue

Author: George D Smith
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books ; Salt Lake City, Utah : Signature Books, 1994.
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In September 1993 a unique dialogue took place. Humanists from around the country gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to exchange ideas with Mormons on the topics of feminism, freedom of conscience, academic freedom in Mormon universities, and clashes between "dissident intellectuals" and Mormon church authorities. Of particular concern in the discussion was the recent excommunication of members of the Mormon church
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Religion, feminism, and freedom of conscience.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books ; Salt Lake City, Utah : Signature Books, 1994
(OCoLC)608888942
Online version:
Religion, feminism, and freedom of conscience.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books ; Salt Lake City, Utah : Signature Books, 1994
(OCoLC)623984243
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George D Smith
ISBN: 0879758872 9780879758875 1560850485 9781560850489
OCLC Number: 30035480
Description: xxiii, 162 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Overview: Humanism and the idea of freedom / Paul Kurtz --
The September Six / Lavina Fielding Anderson --
The politics of exclusivity / Robert Alley --
Secular and religious interpretations of scripture / Gerald A. Larue --
Freedom of conscience : individual right or social responsibility / L. Jackson Newell --
Academic freedom and Brigham Young University : free inquiry in religious context / Allen Dale Roberts --
A humanist view of religious universities / Vern L. Bullough --
Academic freedom forever; however ... / Frederick S. Buchanan --
Tenure as a tool / F. Ross Peterson --
Religion and academics at Brigham Young University : a recent historical perspective / Gary James Bergera --
A feminist comparison of Mormonism and humanism / Bonnie Bullough --
The struggle to emerge : leaving Brigham Young University / Martha Sonntag Bradley --
Dancing through the doctrine : observations on religion and feminism / Cecilia Konchar Farr --
Epilogue: The indispensable opposition (1939) / Walter Lippmann.
Responsibility: edited by George D. Smith.

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In September 1993 a unique dialogue took place. Humanists from around the country gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to exchange ideas with Mormons on the topics of feminism, freedom of conscience, academic freedom in Mormon universities, and clashes between "dissident intellectuals" and Mormon church authorities. Of particular concern in the discussion was the recent excommunication of members of the Mormon church and the departure of two professors from Brigham Young University for allegedly expressing ideas at variance with church teachings. Ironically, despite such conflicts, Mormons officially and individually endorse freedom of conscience; the dignity of the human right to exercise free agency is a principle rooted in the Mormon as well as the humanist tradition. On this basis for mutual understanding, the dialogue between the two diverse cultures of Mormonism and humanism proceeded.

George D. Smith has collected twelve essays, all but one of which were presented at the Utah conference, for this thought-provoking volume. Among the subjects covered are ecclesiastical abuse and the excommunicated "September Six," academic freedom at Brigham Young University, the politics of exclusivity, and free inquiry in a religious context. Paul Kurtz, editor of Free Inquiry, introduces the discussion with an overview of "Humanism and the Idea of Freedom." The volume concludes with a 1939 essay by noted American journalist Walter Lippmann entitled "The Indispensable Opposition."

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