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 15 No 1
PERSONAL VOICES AN "INSIDE-OUTSIDER" IN ZION Jan Shipps This article was written at the request of the editors who asked Jan Shipps for a "disciplined reflection" about her life. At the invitation of Sunstone, I sat down a couple of years ago to write a book review of Samuel Woolley Taylor's Rocky Mountain Empire. As did Topsy, that review just grew and grew until I had nineteen manuscript pages. In the way it compared Sam Taylor's work with The Mormon Experience by Leonard Arrington and Davis Bitton, related both works to others in the field, and moved on to make general observations about the topic rather than limited ones about the books being considered, the text read like an essay, not a book review. What was I to do with it? I had written it for Sunstone, but it seemed more appropriate for a publication such as the New York Review of Books. Should I cut it back or try to get it published as it stood? Since I was not sure, I decided it would be very helpful to have reactions to my manuscript from my non-Mormon colleagues at that university with the long name where I teach, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. After circulating it to several colleagues, I was faced with such comments as: "Well, Jan, this is all very interesting, but. But . . . but . . . surely you know that you've been wasting your time. You will never get anyone to publish nineteen pages about a book by ... by ... what's his name? Sam Taylor. It helps that you go on to deal with Leonard Arrington's new book [Davis does not yet exist for most non-Mormon scholars; Leonard's is the only name they are bound to know], but this is an essay, not a book review. There's simply too much of it to ever get it published. Back to the drawing board." Jan Shipps is an associate professor of history and religious studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, and is director of the IUPUI Center for American Studies. 139