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Seminar on B.H. Roberts’ Seventy’s Course in Theology

May 23rd, 2012
Losee Center, Room 243
Utah Valley University
Orem, Utah

The Seventy’s Course in Theology is one of the most important works of Mormon theology in the 20th Century, and its author, B. H Roberts, continues to be held as a leading LDS philosophical and theological thinker. In honor of Roberts, the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology is hosting a mini seminar to celebrate the centennial of the publication of The Seventy’s Course in Theology. In keeping with the seminar format, for each session the presenter has identified recommended, but optional readings which those attending are encouraged to explore ahead of time. Below is a listing of the sessions, with presenter, subject, and links to recommended readings. Those interested in the entire Seventy's Course can find an online version at, including PDF (45.5MB), plain text (2.4MB), and online book versions.


UVU is located at the intersection of Interstate 15 and University Parkway in Orem Utah. The conference itself will be held in room 243 of the Losee Center. The Losee Center is located at the just east of the Sorensen Student Center and just South of the LDS Institute of religion.

Time: 10:00am - 11:15am
Speaker: Kent Robson
Topic: “Roberts on Agency”
Readings:    Robson’s paper (full version; he will be presenting a shorter version)
    Seventy's Course Vol. II, lesson 4
    The Truth, the Way and the Life, Chapter 2

Time: 11:30am - 12:45pm
Speaker: Grant Underwood
Topic: “Roberts on Deity”
Readings:   Highlighted portions of sections from Vols. 3 and 4 of the Seventy's Course

LUNCH BREAK 12:45pm - 2:15pm

Time: 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Speaker:Jim Faulconer
Topic: “Roberts on the Doctrine of Pre-Mortal Life and Intelligences”
Readings:    Outline of Faulconer’s presentation
    Seventy’s Course, Vol. II, lesson 1
    Seventy’s Course, Vol. II, “Antiquity of the Gospel”
    Seventy's Course, Vol. II, lesson 2
    Seventy's Course, Vol. II, lesson 4

Time: 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Speaker:Blake Ostler
Topic: “Roberts’ Theodicy”
Readings:    The Truth the Way and the Life, Chapter 33

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