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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 1 No 3
Reviews 1169 Awareness of the human factors in religious behavior may threaten the faith of some individuals, especially those who explain all behavior primarily in supernatural terms. This need not happen if one takes seriously the premise that the glory of God is intelligence and that revelation comes through honest scientific inquiry as well as by other means. If one wishes to seek answers out of the best sociological books, O'Dea's has much to offer. SHORT NOTICES The Everlasting Spires: A Story of the Salt Lake Temple. By Wallace Alan Raynor. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1965. 203 pp. $3.25. With the exception of a different title and the addition of one paragraph in Chapter VIII, The Everlasting Spires is a reprinting of Wallace Alan Ray- nor's Master's thesis at the Brigham Young University, completed in August, 1961. The thesis title, "History of the Construction of the Salt Lake Temple," more accurately describes the book's content than the present title does. Raynor's work covers in minute detail the construction of the temple from July 28, 1847, when President Brigham Young proposed a forty-acre plot of ground for the temple block in Salt Lake City, to the last dedicatory session on April 24, 1893, after eighty-two thousand saints had participated in presenting their new temple to God. Raynor skillfully presents well-docu- mented particulars about the excavation, the architectural and building plans, the stone quarry and stone work, the problems relating to the transportation of the stone (oxen, broken wagons, canals, and railroad spurs, etc.), the political and financial difficulties causing years of setbacks, the architectural design of the exterior and interior, the symbolic exterior stones (earth, moon, sun, cloud, stars, Saturn, big dipper, all-seeing eye, handclasp, and the Alpha and Omega stones), the ingenious suspension systems for the finials, the Angel Moroni statue, and the final dedicatory services. With its numerous valuable photographs, maps, and diagrams (many never published before), and the biographies of all the key temple builders, as