Religion, Feminism, and Freedom of Conscience
A Mormon / Humanist Dialogue
George D. Smith, editor
Mormonism is firmly rooted in religious humanism, a belief in human potential and respect for individual conscience. Now religion and humanism clash at Mormon schools where feminists are purged from the faculty and intellectuals are excommunicated from the church.
This anthology includes essays by Mormon scholars Cecilia Konchar Farr just prior to her dismissal from Brigham Young University, Lavina Fielding Anderson following her excommunication, L. Jackson Newell on the environment and overpopulation; humanist scholars Bonnie Bullough on feminism, Robert Alley on his impressions of Mormonism, Gerald Larue on secular readings of scripture; and six others.
Paul Kurtz, editor of Free Inquiry, introduces the discussion with an overview of “Humanism and the Idea of Freedom,” while American journalist Walter Lippmann provides an epilogue with “The Indispensable Opposition.”
George D. Smith, a graduate of Stanford University, is editor of two previous volumes on Mormon themes: Faithful History: Essays on Writing Mormon History and An Intimate Chronicle: The Journals of William Clayton.