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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no I Dialogue To answer that question we needed to create some instruments with which we could gather the data. We are currently engaged in that instrument-building phase. As one step in that process, we interviewed several well-established LDS academicians located at various institutions of higher education in the United States. We attempted to interview one from each of the several academic disciplines in order to get a cross section of the possible areas of conflict that may have been encountered by established professionals who had had a thorough grounding in LDS theology and Church practice. The interviews exceeded our expectations. The men (unfortunately, none were women) were candid, open and cooperative. The results provided some excellent material for our instrument-building phase. The interviews were conducted by Brent Miller, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Minnesota. His gentle manner and carefully thought-out questions established the conditions under which such sensitive material could be gathered. We had collected the data with the explicit promise that they would be kept confidential. For this special issue of Dialogue, we selected three interviews with scientists which we thought were representative of the range and nature of the content of all and requested permission to publish them anonymously. Each person was gracious in granting such permission. Additional interviews will appear in subsequent issues of Dialogue. The reader should be cautioned about making any generalization from these interviews, especially in regard to the academic discipline of the respective respondents as it relates to their religious beliefs. These are simply three very interesting and highly individualistic scientists who openly and honestly discuss gipus reelings ana oeners. __ DIALOGUE SOCIAL WITH A SCIENTIST i h h _____ SCIENTIT We are interested in religious development in the sense that you nave used that term in your work with family problems. Not that it is cumulative, but that there is an ebb and a flow, and like everything, it has stress and crises. Those same experiences exist in the lives of everyone as far as religion is concerned. Would you reflect for us upon the time when you felt most involved in the Church? I am sure that it was during the period when I was in the mission field in France and Belgium. I would have to place that probably highest and then the period when I was a branch president during the time I was a graduate student. These two periods were periods when my involvement was substantially more out of my own initiative rather than participation for the sake of duty. I think it was a period when I could speak convincingly, bear testimony and not hedge and hem and haw about it with caveats and reservations. / am interested to know if those times when you felt most involved, in the mission field or as branch president, were also the times when you felt most enthusiastic about the Church? There were periods when I was more concerned with internal operations of a local