2010 - Call For Papers
Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology Seventh Annual Meeting
March 25–27, 2010
Utah Valley University
The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology invites papers on any aspect of Mormon belief, including its philosophical ramifications. We particularly encourage submissions on this year’s theme.Theme: “The Measure of Their Creation—Theological Anthropology”
Christians generally share the belief that humans are children of God, made in his image. However, this belief takes a distinctive and radical form as it is understood by Latter-day Saints. On the one hand humans are much more like God, in several important respects, than on the traditional Christian view. On the other hand, Mormons take a more positive view of human embodiment and finitude. We will explore LDS teaching on the nature of human beings, with its implications and questions it raises, including comparison with other Christian views. We will also consider how human nature's various aspects reflect a divine intention or purpose, "the measure of its creation" (D&C 88:19). Possible topics falling under this theme include:
- Premortal existence
- The image of God
- Anthropomorphism vs. theomorphism
- Spirit birth and creation of humans
- Human participation in the planning and creation of Earth
- Personal identity and/or agency on an eternal time scale
- "Natural", or carnal humanity
- The relationship between the human spirit and body
- The meaning and value of embodiment
- Original sin and original innocence
- Human limitation, brokenness, or disability
- Materiality of spirits
- Resurrection and resurrected bodies
- Human perfectability, including theosis, or becoming like God
- Eternal significance of the human family
Submission deadline: December 1st, 2009
Authors may submit either (a) a full paper, or (b) a précis:
(a) Papers should be suitable for a reading time of 25–30 minutes (3500 words maximum). Longer papers (up to 9,000 words) may be submitted in full, with the understanding that they will be revised for presentation.
(b) A précis should be about 1000 words in length, and summarize the argument of the paper.
Please send submissions in RTF, PDF, or MS Word format, to SMPT Secretary Benjamin Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org, by email attachment. Include author's full name, contact information, title and word count for the paper or précis.
The Society welcomes submissions by students; at least one program slot is set aside for an outstanding student paper. Students should indicate student status.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 5th, 2010.
For more information, visit our web site at http://www.smpt.org/, or contact Benjamin Huff at email@example.com, or SMPT President James McLachlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.