If the answer is yes, then there is an upcoming conference that you should know about.  On May 8th and 9th (2009) Momon Scholars in the Humanities is hosting its annual conference at Aspen Grove and BYU in Provo Utah.  The conference presents an opportunity for LDS scholars to come together and discuss philosophical, scientific, and other scholarly ideas within the light of the gospel truth.  

Not one to compartamentalize LDS theology and secular scholarship, this group aims to bring the two together to further our understanding of secular matters and the restored gospel. By doing so, this group is fulfilling Brigham Young's charge to seek for truth wherever it may be found and bring it to Zion. 

Here is a list of presentations on Saturday, May 9th at Aspen Grove.  I am presenting in the morning at 10:00 am.  If you would like more information, visit the website by clicking here.

Saturday 10:00-12:00            Religion and Science: Defining the Secular   Aspen Room
      Moderator: Doug Christensen

1.      Dale Pratt, “Fostering Wonder in an LDS Context: The Case for Science and Literature”

2.      David Collingridge, “From the Inspired Scientific Revolution, to the Spiritually Unenlightened Enlightenment, to Atheistic Secular Humanism in Science: Going from Good, to Bad, to Worse.”

3.      Bryan Wallis, “Flexibility in the Ecology of Ideas, an LDS Perspective on

4.      George Handley, “Literature and Global Climate Change: Making Room for Religious Criticism”

Saturday 12:00 to 1 pm   Lunch                                                                    

Saturday 1:15-3:15          Implications of Mormon Doctrine for Criticism I          Aspen Room
      Moderator: John Armstrong

5.      David Gore, “Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail as an Epistolary Rhetoric”

6.      Shawn Tucker, “Home and Adventure: Mormon Contributions to the Virtues and Vices Tradition”

7.      Robert B. Couch and Dennis C. Wendt, “Mormon Paradox in a Secular Age”

Saturday 1:15-3:15          Faith, Women, and Technology                             Pine Room
      Moderator: Keith Lawrence

8.      Julie Frederick

9.      Jenny Webb

10.  Becky Johnston

Saturday 3:30-5:30          Implications of Mormon Doctrine for Criticism II         Aspen Room
      Moderator: Joe Spencer

11.  Wade Hollingshaus, “Agamben’s ‘Play as Profanation’ and the Practice of (LDS) Religion”

12.  Ron Bartholomew, “Clash or Conformity with Social Convention: Missiology of the Bedfordshire Conference”

13.  Jenn Smith, TBA

Saturday 3:30-5:30          Religious Criticism in Practice II                                    Pine Room
      Moderator: Bryan Wallis

14.  Christopher Lund, “Christology in the Poetry of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935)”

15.  Bruce Jorgensen, “How Is Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea Religious?”

16.  Carl Sederholm, “Out of His Usual Way: Narrating Suicide in Jonathan Edwards's Faithful Narrative”

17.  Keith Lawrence, “In Criticism but Not of It?: Placing the Believing Critic”

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