Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Dialogue: Vol 11 No 4
Reviews / 127 published by BYU in 1965 or in the index produced through Bookcraft in 1968. Despite the controversy still swirling around the merits of B.H. Roberts' monumental work (see Davis Bitton in Dialogue II and Richard Roberts' response at the 1978 Mormon History Association Meeting), this set of books represents an essential foundation source for any study of Mormonism's first hundred years. At this price and packaged in a compact case, it ought to become a part of the library of every student of Mormon-ism, regardless of his or her relative degree of economic poverty. Indeed, even those Mormons whose poverty is of a more lamentable sort will now want to have Roberts on the shelf just because it will look impressive between copies of The First Thousand Years and Prophecy, Key to the Future. Key to the Science of Theology and A Voice of Warning. By Parley P. Pratt. I volume. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1978. 245 pp. $4.95. Also in the genre of a happy reprint is this hardbound volume containing two of Pratt's most intriguing and potent efforts at pamphleteering. Voice first appeared in 1837 and quickly became a standard missionary tool. Assisting the traveling Mormonite elder with his telling of Joseph Smith's teachings, it represented a fascinating excursion into the pre-Nauvoo world of Mor-monism. Appearing as it did before the official version of the First Vision, its history of the Prophet and his movement received a treatment that will seem somewhat strange to the uninitiated reader more familiar with current versions. Key came out in 1855, just two years before Pratt was murdered in Arkansas. Representing his justification of Mormonism in terms of natural law, it established him as a fine thinker and among the best of the early Mormon intellectuals. The two pamphlets published together will now combine with reprints of Pratt's Autobiography to give the student of the Mormon movement ready access to one of its finest minds. Mormonism and the Negro. By John J. Stewart. 4th ed. rev. Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers, 1978. 92 pp. $4.95. Winner of the black priesthood publishing sweepstakes, this quick reissue of a 1960 exercise in shallowness contains four pages on the new revelation of June 1978 and was on the bookstands within a month of its announcement. Stewart's book as now presented is still a regrettable mess of pottage, bearing as it does a cereal-box type of flashing announcement on the cover that it "NOW CONTAINS NEW REVELATION," but at least Duane Crowther proved that he is faster than Lester Bush and more lucrative than Dialogue, whose reissue of Bush's treatise on the issue trailed Stewart's to the stands by some six weeks. The Mormons. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1978. 104 pp. $3.95 pb. Similar to the old Meet the Mormons, this new image-makers' version of modern Mormonism strikes an impressive mold. Broadening its view of the Church to include those outside of middle America, Mormons presents a compendium of well-done color photographs hoping to display the Latter-day Saints as an international, positive active group of people. While it contains the familiarly stiff family-home-evening and church-activity scenes, it makes a fairly successful attempt to capture Mormons as they are engaged in more "normal" and appealing activities. A nice postum-table book, The Mormons might provide the Saint with a good opportunity to introduce nonmem-ber associates to LDS culture and religion. In the Company of Man: Twenty Portraits by Anthropologists. Edited by Joseph B. Casagrande. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1960. 540 pp., illus. Benjamin Urrutia, an avid Dialogue reader in Guayaquil, Ecuador, noticed an intriguing passage in this book's segment on an Innuit hunter named Ohnainewk: Just before he died, he dreamed again of the placid sea turned to storm. Thick darkness gathered around him and it seemed to him as if he were doomed. He was ready to sink into despair and abandon himself to the waves, when a pillar of light, exactly overhead, rested on him, and a being whose brightness and glory defied