A Conference on How We Think About the Great Apostasy, Coming in March

By January 31, 2012

Please join us for a conference titled “Exploring Mormon Conceptions of Apostasy” to be held on March 1-2, 2012 at Brigham Young University.

The conference schedule is available at https://sites.google.com/site/mormonconceptionsofapostasy/.

The notion of an apostasy from the primitive gospel and the original church has been a key animating feature in Mormonism since its inception and in other “religions of the book.” Apostasy as a concept, however, has proven to be tremendously fluid, with individual, institutional, communal, and historical meanings and applications all proliferating in religious thought throughout the ages. Fifteen faithful Mormon scholars from many scholarly backgrounds and methodologies, will explore the concept of apostasy in various historical and religious contexts as we consider how to narrate apostasy in ways that remain historically authentic and cohere with Mormon theology. Proceedings will be published by Greg Kofford Press in the series Perspectives on Mormon Theology.

This conference is organized by Miranda Wilcox, assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University, with financial assistance from an Eliza R. Snow Faculty Grant.

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  1. Looks like a lot of fun; lots of exciting names and titles. Wish I could attend.

    Comment by Ben P — January 31, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  2. Thanks for the notice, Matt. Wish I could be there!

    Comment by Jared T — January 31, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  3. I know quite a few of those people. What a perfect line-up…most of them as apostates.

    Comment by Chris H. — January 31, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  4. From what Miranda has told me about this conference, this should be something fantastic.

    Comment by the narrator — January 31, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  5. Wow. It’s like a ldsblogs convention. Wish I could be there.

    Comment by Ben S — January 31, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  6. Excited to attend this.

    Comment by Jacob — January 31, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  7. I think I may have to attend this.

    Comment by aquinas — January 31, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  8. ApostaCon.

    Comment by J. Stapley — January 31, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  9. Not to offend anyone, but there are a number of things I try to avoid thinking about, and the Great Apostasy is certainly high on that list.


    Comment by Mogget — February 1, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  10. This looks great!

    Somewhat personal question, but how do folks afford going to these conferences and MHA and etc.? Am I missing a gravy train someplace?

    Comment by BHodges — February 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am


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