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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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8 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought scripture but, more pointedly, the ability of both ancient and modern prophets to correctly interpret ancient prophecy. If his analysis is correct, Mormon prophets have been less than accurate in extrapolating upon ancient prophecy. How should Latter-day Saints then consider authoritarian pronouncements by modern church leaders in other areas of concern? In response to Smith's closing question, "How should students of religion consider the effect of Mormon writings to 'update' Isaiah's words into a context foreign to the man, his message, his country, and his time?", I would have to reply, "Perplexed." David John Buerger Campbell, California McMurrin Correction In my review of Sterling M. Mc-Murrin's book, Religion, Reason and Truth, the following quote should be understood as referring to orthodox religionists or fundamentalists and not liberals: "The fundamentalist is 'not genuinely interested in the truth; that his concern, rather, is simply to minister to his emotional life or possibly to promote the tyranny of a sacred book, perpetuate an antique theological tradition, or encourage submission to ecclesiastical authority.'" Blake Ostler Salt Lake City, Utah Dollar Magnitude The paper by David Whittaker was most interesting, but failed to give any clue to the dollar magnitude of the Church's money making. Ward's Directory of 55,000 Largest Corporations (1981; published by Baldwin H. Ward, Box 380, Petaluma, Calif. 94953) lists religious organizations (pp. C-244, B-263.) The Corporation of the President is listed with sales totaling $750,000,000 and 10,500 employees. The LDS Church is listed as the number one organization for making money. No. 2 is the "Church Univ. Trimp" Calabasas, California, with sales of $650 million and 400 employees; No. 3 is "General Council ASSE," Springfield, Missouri, with sales of $72 million and 900 employees; and No. 4 is Herbert Armstrong's "Worldwide Church" with sales of $62 million and 1000 employees. While the Corporation of the President is not listed among the profit-making other companies, it does rank high on the list as one of the largest companies in the U.S., exceeding in sales such giants as San Diego Gas & Electric, Coors Adolph Co., National Semiconductor, Western Union, General Instruments, Lipton Tea, and Quaker State Oil. One must wonder about the nature of a Church that is so profit motivated and involved in so many enterprises, including direct competition with private enterprise. Was Jesus (or Joseph Smith's) message make money? R. Dean Terry San Clemente, California Greatest Thing Since Book of Mormon I would like to subscribe to Dialogue but I was robbed last month and my disability check doesn't go far. I am sixty-five, born 12 September 1918. If you'll trust me I'll make it right. Do you have a back issue which contains anything on the Word of Wisdom, Sonia Johnson and the ERA, or any other back issues? I am convinced Dialogue is the greatest thing that has happened to Church since Joseph Smith and brethren published the Book of Mormon and I pray to God we shall shortly prove it. Woodrow Clark Price, Utah