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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On Fidelity, Polygamy, and Celestial Marriage Eugene England This is an essay in speculative theology. In it I explore an idea — the general Mormon expectation of future polygamy — that has important religious and moral implications but about which there is little definite scriptural direction and no clear official doctrine. I attempt here, in the spirit of a venerable tradition in Mormon thought from Joseph Smith's King Follett Discourse and Orson Pratt's The Seer to the sermons and writings of Hugh B. Brown and Lowell Bennion, to make a reconsideration, unauthoritative but serious. I suggest some new, possibly beneficial ways we might think and feel about celestial marriage — both as it is and as it might be. My essay is not a critique of official Mormon practice or doctrine but an invitation to reexamine some unofficial ideas and expectations which persist among most Mormons because of a past practice — a practice I believe was divinely inspired but also divinely, and permanently, rescinded. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar contains a crucial scene after Brutus has decided to join the conspiracy and kill Caesar. Brutus is reflecting on that decision in his orchard in the early morning, when his wife Portia joins him. Awakened when he left her side and further alarmed by the voices and cloaked figures of the departing conspirators, she worries that all this may be related to his "musing and sighing" at dinner the evening before and the "ungentle looks" and "impatience" with which he waved her aside. Even now Brutus claims he is merely "not well in health" and tells her to "go to bed." But Portia will not be dismissed and speaks straight to the heart of his real illness: You have some sick offense within your mind, Which, by the right and virtue of my place, EUGENE ENGLAND is the author of Brother Brigham (1980) and of two collections of personal essays Dialogues with Myself (1984) and Why the Church Is as True as the Gospel (1986). He teaches English literature at Brigham Young University, serves in the Pleasant View First Ward bishopric, and says he is amazed, thrilled, and satisfied to be the husband of Charlotte.