Conference videos

Thursday, February 22nd
UVU Classroom Building Fifth Floor (CB-511)  
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.  
Eugene England Memorial Lecture  
“Mormonism, Evolution, and Science:
A Cosmos of Unfolding Beauty and Novelty”
Steven L. Peck
Associate Professor of Biology, Brigham Young University
and author of Science the Key to Theology and Evolving Faith:
Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.  
Mormonism and Evolution  
“The Evolution of Evolution Acceptance:
A Road to Reconciliation for LDS Youth”
Jamie Jensen
Associate Professor of Biology
Brigham Young University

author of “Influencing highly religious undergraduate perceptions
of evolution:  Mormons as a case study”  
“The Scientific Deformation and Reformation of Genesis:

How Science Messed It Up But Also Fixes It”
Benjamin Spackman
History of Christianity & Religions of North America Program
Claremont Graduate University
author of “Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation: Some
Precursors to Reading Genesis”
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.  
Panel Discussion  
afternoon participants  
moderated by Heath T. Ogden
Associate Professor of Biology, Utah Valley University
5:30 - 7:00   


Utah Valley LDS Institute of Religion  
Friday, February 23rd  
UVU Classroom Building, Fifth Floor (CB-511)  
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.   

Science & the Critical Study of Scripture

“‘To Study and Explore By Wisdom’:
Interpreting Mormon Scripture Through the Lens of Biblical Scholarship”
David Bokovoy
Online Professor of Bible and Jewish Studies
Utah State University
author of Reading the Old Testament: Genesis - Deuteronomy
“Adam and Eve in the Twenty-First Century:
LDS Faith and Biblical Scholarship”
Philip L. Barlow
Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon Studies & Culture
Utah State University
author of Mormons and the Bible: The Place of Latter-day Saints
in American Religion






Friday, February 23rd (cont')
UVU Classroom Building Fifth Floor (CB-511)  
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.  
Keynote Address  
“Faith Seeking Understanding:
The Evangelical Experience, and Mormon Connections”
Molly Worthen
Assistant Professor of History
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
author of Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism
and contributing writer for the New York Times 
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.  
Mormonism & the Challenges of Anti-Intellectualism  
“She Blinded Me with Science:
A Tale of Two Paradigms”
David W. Scott
Professor of Communication
Utah Valley University
author of “Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?”
“Mormon Views on Evolution and Climate Change:

Findings from The Next Mormons Survey”
Jana Riess
Senior Columnist
Religion News Service
author of The Next Mormons  
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.  
Brownbag Panel Discussion  
morning participants  
moderated by Grant Underwood, Richard L. Evans Professor
of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.  
The Dynamics of Faith & Doubt   
“The Other Side of Death:
A Kierkegaardian Approach to Doubt and Faith”
Deidre Nicole Green
Postdoctoral Fellow
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
author of "Becoming Equal Partners: Latter-day Saint Women as Theologians”
“On Sanctifying Doubt: A Critical Appraisal”  
Brian D. Birch
Director, Religious Studies Program
Utah Valley University 
series co-editor, Perspectives on Mormon Theology
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.  
Mormonism in a Secular Age   
“Can Mormons be Mormon in a Secular Age?”  
Boyd Jay Petersen
Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies
Utah Valley University
author of “One Soul Shall Not Be Lost': The War in Heaven in Mormon Thought"
“Mormon Correlation and the Meanings of Religion in Modern America”  
Matthew Bowman
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Henderson State University
author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  
Panel Discussion  
afternoon participants  
moderated by Blair Van Dyke, co-advisor, UVU Interfaith Student Council  

Parking Map

the conference is free and open to the public  
for more information, contact Brian Birch at brian.birch@uvu.edu
or Boyd Petersen at boyd.petersen@uvu.edu