The LDS association Mormon Scholars in the Humanities is sponsoring a conference on \"Religions and the Practices of Criticism\" Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, at Aspen Grove Family Camp & Conference Center and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.According to the association's Web site, www.mormonscholars.org, the conference will feature lectures in such areas as religious criticism, religion and science as well as implications of Mormon doctrine.\"What we are attempting to discuss at this conference is the place that religion has in academia and also discuss the literature that comprises religious criticism,\" said Ron Bartholomew, a visiting professor in the department of ancient scripture at BYU and one of the conference organizers. \"This conference is addressing the idea of religion in the context of religious criticism — is there a place for LDS theology or religion in general in a secular society and the world of academia?\"Some of the many topics to be presented include \"The Fleshiness of Reason\" by Jim Faulconer; \"Fostering Wonder in an LDS Context: The Case for Science and Literature\" by Dale Pratt; \"Flexibility in the Ecology of Ideas, an LDS Perspective on Creation\" by Bryan Wallis; \"Seerhood, Pure Language, and the Silence of the Grave\" by Sam Brown; \"Mormon Paradox in a Secular Age\" by Robert Couch and Dennis Wendt; and \"King Lear and Marion's 'Logic of Evil'\" by Candice Wendt.John D. Caputo from Syracuse University will present the keynote address on Friday evening in Room B092 in the Joseph F. Smith Building on the BYU campus. Caputo's topic is \"On Making a Covenant with the Impossible: A Postmodern Approach to Religion and Its Place in the University.\" The annual conferences began in 2007 at BYU.  Last year the event was held at Southern Virginia University.\"We are exploring different avenues for publication, but we fully anticipate that the presentations will be in published form somewhere — although the organization does not yet have its own journal,\" Bartholomew said.Many of the presenters are also regular contributors to the LDS-Herm blog, according to Bartholomew. The blog is devoted to discussions of hermeneutics, especially as it pertains to Mormon scripture. The event runs 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Aspen Grove with the keynote address at BYU from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday's lectures begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. at Aspen Grove. Registration for the event is still available at the door at Aspen Grove on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. Cost is $30 for both days. Meals are extra. More information and a full schedule are available at www.mormonscholars.org.


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