This coming Thursday through Saturday at Utah State University, The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will be holding its 2012 conference, on the theme, “Theology of the Book of Mormon.” There will be over 30 paper and panel presentations, including:
“The Promise of Book of Mormon Theology”
—Grant Hardy, Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Asheville
“Gratia Plena: A Catholic View of Grace in the Book of Mormon”
—Peter Huff, Besl Family Chair in Ethics, Religion and Society, Xavier University
“Questions at the Veil”
—Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture, Utah State University
“The Book of Mormon on ‘The True Church’ and Religious Pluralism”
—Charles Randall Paul, President, Foundation for Religious Diplomacy
Panel Discussion: “Secular Norms and the Scholarship of Faith”
—Terryl Givens, Bostwick Chair of English, University of Richmond
—Ralph C. Hancock, Brigham Young University
—Daniel C. Peterson, Brigham Young University
Also this Thursday evening will be Terryl Givens’ Leonard Arrington Lecture, “The Prophecy of Enoch as Restoration Blueprint,” at 7pm in the Logan Tabernacle.
Several T&S bloggers or emeriti will be involved in the SMPT conference, including Rosalynde, chairing a panel on Adam’s book, Rube Goldberg Machines, on Saturday afternoon; Adam, giving a paper entitled, “Every Truth is a Work, Every Object is a Covenant,” as well as responding to the panel; Jim Faulconer, chairing a panel on Joe Spencer’s book An Other Testament: On Typology Thursday afternoon; and Ben, giving a paper entitled, “The Book of the Weeping God,” Friday afternoon.
The SMPT conference will be in the USU University Inn, on Level Five. A detailed schedule is available in HTML format on the SMPT Conferences 2012 page, or in PDF format. The University Inn has a web page with links to maps and travel information. All sessions are free and open to the public.