Friday, January 9, 2009

SMPT at Claremont 2009: Religious Pluralism (CFP)

The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology (SMPT) 2009 Conference
held at Claremont Graduate University
May 21-23, 2009
in cooperation with the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
and the Claremont Mormon Studies Student Association

Call for Papers: "Upon All Nations - Religious Pluralism"

The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology invites paper submissions on any aspect of Mormon belief, including its philosophical ramifications. We particularly encourage submissions on this year's theme.

While claiming exclusive authority, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also takes a strikingly inclusive view of other religious traditions as loci of revealed truth and of God's work. For example, in 2 Nephi 29:7 God says, "I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all nations of the earth." We will explore the contours and implications of distinctively Mormon views of pluralism, as well as the particular questions for pluralism raised by the LDS church.

Possible topics falling under this theme include:

* The Holy Spirit's work in differing spiritual traditions
* Cooperation between religious groups
* Interreligious dialogue
* The place of pluralism within the church
* Missionary work and respect for other faiths
* Differences in teaching and/or practice within or among distinct historical dispensations (e.g. Adamic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Lehitic)
* The relationship of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to other Christian denominations
* Comparative theology
* Analysis of LDS texts on religious pluralism-e.g. Jacob 5, 2 Nephi 29, and Alma 29
* Implications of continuing revelation for religious pluralism
* The role of religion in public life

Authors may submit either (a) a full paper, or (b) a précis:
(a) Papers should be suitable for a reading time of 25-30 minutes (3500 words maximum). Longer papers may be submitted in full, with the understanding that they will be revised for presentation.
(b) A précis should be about 1000 words in length, and summarize the argument of the paper.

Please send submissions by email attachment in RTF, PDF, or MS Word format to Benjamin Huff at BENJAMINHUFF@RMC.EDU. Include author's full name, contact information, title, and word count for the paper or précis.

Submission deadline: 13 February 2009
Authors will be notified of acceptance by 5 March 2009

The Society welcomes submissions by students. At least one program slot is set aside for an outstanding student paper. Students should indicate student status.

SMPT is an independent scholarly organization that welcomes constructive engagement from a variety of philosophical and theological viewpoints. Presenters need not be LDS, or members of SMPT.

For more information, visit the SMPT website at


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