Society for Mormon Philosophy & Theology

2020 Annual Meeting

"Mormon Materialism"

Metaphysical, Ethical, Economic, and Ecological Implications

April 17th - 18th, 2020 

canceled due to public health considerations

            

Friday, April 17th 

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

“The Material Dimension of Vicarious Ordinances”

Jennifer Lane
Dean of Religious Education, Brigham Young University - Hawaii

"Mormon Materialism"

Blake Ostler
Independent Scholar

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

"God is Somebody to Love:
Three Aporia of LDS Theological Materialism"

Ralph Hancock
Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University

Charles Randall Paul
Founder & President, Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 p.m. 

Keynote Address

“A Five-Fold Solution to the Problem of Evil"

Thomas Jay Oord
Director, Center for Open & Relational Theology 
author of God Can't: How to Believe in God and Love After Tragedy, Abuse & Evil

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Stephen Webb Panel

James McLachlan
Professor of Philosophy, Western Carolina University

James Faulconer
Senior Research Fellow, Neal A. Maxell Institute, Brigham Young University

Sam Brown
Independent Scholar

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.

“Embodiment and the Word”

Janice Allred 
Independent Scholar

"Why Matter Matters"

Richard Livingston
Center for Process Studies, Claremont School of Theology

4:00 - 5:15 p.m. 

Student Panel

5:30 - 6:30 - Business Meeting

 

 


Saturday, April 18th 

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

"In the World, Not of the World, But for the World:
Towards an LDS Theology of Engagement"

Fred Axelgard
Senior Fellow, The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University

“Keep Mom Out of It”

Brittney Hartley
Independent Scholar

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

“Embodying God as a Female?”

Margaret Toscano
Associate Professor of World Languages & Cultures, University of Utah

“Performative Theology”

James Faulconer
Senior Reseach Fellow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

11:00 - 12:20 p.m.

Religious Experience Panel 

Brian Birch
Director, Religious Studies Program, Utah Valley University

Blake Ostler
Independent Scholar

James McLachlan
Professor of Philosophy, Western Carolina University

Dan Wotherspoon
Host, Latter-day Faith Podcast

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

“Wittgenstein and King on Truthfulness in Religious Thought and Life”

Keith Lane 
Associate Professor of Religious Education, Brigham Young University-Hawaii

“Idealism and Materialism”

James McLachlan
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Western Carolina University

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

“Latter-day Saint, Evolutionary, and Feminist Conceptions of Agency

Steven Peck
Associate Professor of Biology, Brigham Young University

“The Book of Mormon as Midrash”

Christian Van Dyke
Graduate Student, Wesley Theological Seminary

3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

“Mormonism and the Crucifixion: Symbolic Shift, Theological Drift”

Blair Van Dyke
Independent Scholar

“Between Materialism and Immaterialism”

John Nicholson
Professor of Philosophy, Grand Canyon University

Keynote Address

"A Five-Fold Solution to the Problem of Evil"

Thomas Jay Oord

Director, Center for
Open & Relational Theology
author of God Can't: How to Believe in God and Love After Tragedy, Abuse & Evil