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 8 No 2
Why the Coleville Tabernacle Had to be Razed: Principles Governing Mormon Architecture
BY MARK LEONE HAD TO Mormonism has been subject to rapid renovation since its founding. The Prophet Joseph made it quite clear that God's revelations were continual and that if things were withheld for the moment, it was because His Saints were not yet ready to receive them. The Prophet built a greater degree of change into the system than most of his faithful understood. He established a system that was far more dynamic than many of his spiritual descendants recognize. Mormonism is so successful today, not because it remains the religion nineteenth century farmers knew, but because it has easily undergone very crucial changes. There is some understanding among Church leaders that such change is fundamentally good. They of course sense that it must be centrally controlled to avoid disruption. There appears to be, however, another sense in which the rate of change within Mormonism must be disguised, and one of the most useful ways to disguise change is to localize the writing of history—have everybody in the community do it and 30 TABERNACLE BE RAZED.