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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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New Light on Mormon Origins from the Palmyra Revival
Roundtabie THE QUESTION OF THE PALMYRA REVIVAL Participants: Rev. Wesley P. Walters, Richard L. Bushman The following essay was submitted to Dialogue in late 1967 by Reverend Wesley Walters, who is pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Marissa, Illinois. When scholars at Brigham Young University became aware of the challenge it presents to a chronology of early Mormon history in New York, the essay provided an additional stimulus to their decision to form a special committee of outstanding Mormon historians and scholars under the leadership of Truman G. Madsen, Director of the Institute of Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University, to direct concentrated research in the available records in New York relevant to Mormon history. The committee included Leonard Arrington and Richard Bushman, two members of the Dialogue Board of Editors. Under the committee's direction a good deal of original research was done, particularly in the summer of 1968, and a special issue of Brigham Young University Studies was planned to report the findings. In the meantime Dialogue editors decided to hold publication of Reverend Walters' essay until there could be some opportunity for a Mormon scholar to prepare to respond, particularly until he could take advantage of the research directed by Professor Madsen's committee (which had been organized with the title "Mormon History in New York"). Reverend Walters decided to allow his essay to be published as a tract by The Evangelical Theological ("Utah Christian Tract") Society and it was so published in their Fall Bulletin of 1967, Volume 10, Number 4. Normally Dialogue does not reprint previously published materials, but this tract had very limited circulation and we felt that the issues Reverend Walters raises should be dealt with directly and in the context of a full statement of his arguments. We therefore present his essay here with a response from Professor Richard L. Bushman, formerly of Brigham Young University and a recent winner of the Bancroft prize in history for his book From Puritan to Yankee — now completing a year's historical research at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard where he is Bishop of the University Second Ward. Professor Bushman had available