Defending the Faith: Variety of thinkers will present at Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology's annual meeting
Benjamin Huff, a professor of philosophy based in Virginia (and SMPT's utterly indispensable secretary-treasurer) will argue for the Book of Mormon as "The Book of the Weeping God" (containing a distinctive view of atonement and divine compassion). James McLachlan, a former president of SMPT, will compare "Mormonism, Idealism, and Romanticism."
Listing all of these presentations has, I know, given this column something of the character of a laundry list. But I hope it's also provided a sense of the diversity of people, approaches and subjects that will be on offer at this year's SMPT smorgasbord.
Admission to the 2012 annual SMPT meeting is open to all. Further information regarding places, times and programs can be found at www.smpt.org.
Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He is the founder of MormonScholarsTestify.org, the general editor of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" online at www.mormoninterpreter.com and he blogs daily at www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson.
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