Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics
Forthcoming, July 25, 2017in paperback, hardcover, and ebook.
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Part of the Perspectives on Mormon Theology series.
This volume in the Perspectives on Mormon Theology series is an exploration of Mormon apologetics—or the defense of faith. Since its very beginning, various Latter-day Saints have sought to utilize evidence and reason to actively promote or defend beliefs and claims within the Mormon tradition. Mormon apologetics reached new levels of sophistication as believers trained in fields such as history, Near-Eastern languages and culture, and philosophy began to utilize their knowledge and skills to defend their beliefs.
The contributors to this volume seek to explore the textures and contours of apologetics from multiple perspectives, revealing deep theological and ideological fissures within the Mormon scholarly community concerning apologetics. However, in spite of pressing differences, what each author has in common is a passion for Mormonism and how it is presented and defended. This volume captures that reality and allows readers to encounter the terrain of Mormon apologetics at close range.
Table of Contents:
Preface: A Brief Orientation to the Organization and Intent of This Volume
- Blair G. Van Dyke and Loyd Isao Ericson, volume editors
Introduction: Critical Foundations of Mormon Apologetics
- Blair G. Van Dyke
1. A Brief Defense of Apologetics
- Daniel C. Peterson
2. Boundary Maintenance that Pushes the Boundaries: Scriptural and Theological Insights from Apologetics
- Neal Rappleye
3. I Think, Therefore I Defend
- Michael R. Ash
4. Mormon Apologetics and Mormon Studies: Truth, History, and Love
- Ralph C. Hancock
5. A Wall Between Church and Academy
- Benjamin E. Park
6. The Intellectual Cultures of Mormonism: Faith, Reason, and the Apologetic Enterprise
- Brian D. Birch
7. The Role of Women in Apologetics
- Juliann Reynolds
8. Avoiding Collateral Damage: Creating a Woman-Friendly Mormon Apologetics
- Julie M. Smith
9. “The Perfect Union of Man and Woman”: Reclamation and Collaboration in Joseph Smith’s Theology Making
- Fiona Givens
10. Lamanites, Apologetics, and Tensions in Mormon Anthropology
- David Knowlton
11. Conceptual Confusion and the Building of Stumbling Blocks of Faith
- Loyd Isao Ericson
12. Shifting Intellectual and Religious Paradigms: One Apologist’s Journey into Critical Study
- David Bokovoy
13. Toward a New Vision of Apologetics
- Joseph M. Spencer
14. Apologetics as Theological Praxis
- Seth Payne
About the Editors:
Blair G. Van Dyke is an independent scholar and teaches philosophy and religious studies at Utah Valley University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation For Religious Diplomacy and is the Custodian of the Mormon Chapter of the Foundation. He holds a Doctorate in the philosophy of education from Brigham Young University. Van Dyke is the co-author of Holy Lands, A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East.
Loyd Isao Ericson recieved his B.S. in philosophy at Utah Valley University and pursued an M.A. in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate Univeristy. Since 2009 he has been the managing editor of Greg Kofford Books. He is a series co-editor for the Perspectives on Mormon Theology series and a co-editor of Discourses in Mormon Theology: Philosophical and Theological Possibilities and has been published in Sunstone, Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, and the Claremont Journal of Mormon Studies, which he helped found.
Approx. 280 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58958-580-5 (paperback); 978-1-58958-581-2 (hardcover)