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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io I Dialogue Church, your journal has been one of the most valued of our periodicals. The "Negro Doctrine" issue, in particular, has helped me feel less alone in believing that some of the questions are not entirely heretical and the answers not so simple. Michael E. Johnson Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from borrower to booster Please sign me up for a year's enlightenment and challenge through a subscription to Dialogue. You have become my friend and support through several "student" years of borrowing from friends and relatives. Now that I can afford my own subscription, I send my money with delight, hoping I can support you more in the near future. Thank you for sharing with me the great minds and spirits who follow Christ. Ann F. Florence Denver, Colorado the pressures of orthodoxy The price is stiff, but I can make the sacrifice. My closest friend, with whom I am ideologically compatible, lives in Iowa. Thus Dialogue is my only contact with fresh thinking. While "other" views may only be disparaged out West where the Saints are strong, they are positively heretical in the mission field. Missionary work must not be jeopardized, or new members in any way upset. My wife and I are the only life-long members in Stroudsburg. All the rest are converts of less than ten years, most of only a few years or months. While this is refreshing in a certain way, nevertheless, the pressures of orthodoxy are intense. The Mormon stereotype is not automatic without a well-established model. It has to be created. And this is the overwhelming goal of the Church organization. I appreciate the journal. Please keep it coming. M. J. Clarke Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania nowhere else in the world As I compared the pictures of the old Coal-ville Tabernacle with the new Coalville Stake Center, I recalled the statement of Spain's King Charles V as he viewed the great mosque in Cordoba in 1526. Inside the mosque the Spanish Christians had ripped out hundreds of the magnificent marble pillars to build a full-size cathedral of "colossal ugliness." When Charles saw it he was ashamed of the deed and exclaimed, "If I had known what you were up to, you would not have done it. For what you have made here may be found in many other places, but what you have destroyed is to be found nowhere else in the world." Ted J. Warner Department of History Brigham Young University Provo, Utah I was impressed by three photos in your last issue. Page 33: The classic Coalville Tabernacle, a monument to pioneer thrift and devotion that was destroyed in the night, and, if reports are true, against the will of the majority. On the same page: the cattle barn-like structure built to replace the tabernacle. On Page 36: The grotesque pile of stone that appears to serve more as an advertising medium than for any other purpose. A. Russell Croft Ogden, Utah looking backwards Is the picture of the new Washington D.C. temple on page 36 of the last issue printed backwards or am I driving on the wrong side of the capital beltway when I go west past the temple site? P. J. Bottino Laurel, Maryland Our error! Stay on the right side.—Ed. platitudinous pablum Due to some matters of neglect on my part I have received no issues of Dialogue since last fall or winter. In reading a library copy of the Spring, 1973, issue I was appraised of the fact that Dialogue editors were considering termination of publication. This news was a blow. The decision may all ready have been made, in which case this letter would be irrelevant. But here goes anyway. I sympathize with the problems of financing, dwindling subscriptions, etc. but this publication has just been too valuable to let die! May I say that, for me personally, it has definitely been a beacon of light, a source of communion with kindred souls as I have groped for answers in trying to reconcile faith with reason. As a long unmarried, later married (to a non-member) and still later divorced "female member" I have had my own special problems in relation to this very family-oriented, anti-"Women's lib" cuhrch. As I have struggled to overcome doubts and serious intellectual problems in relation to some prevalent attitudes among some Church members I have found a source of solace and hope in the articles in your magazine.