Sunstone magazine is different things to different people: a gadfly; a breath of fresh air; a gripefest; scholarship for nonscholars; a needed Mormon arts outlet; an enabler of apostate rantings. For me, it was a first introduction to a broader range of Mormon thought than I was raised with. Unlike Nate’s youth, mine was devoid of discussions of hermeticism and hermeneutics over the dinner table.
So Sunstone provided a welcomed stimulation for me. I was a faithful reader for a couple of years, but then I lost interest. I’m not sure if the content shifted slightly, or if my interests changed, but it ceased being as edifying or challenging to me as it was when I first discovered it. I haven’t read it for a couple of years now.
I am curious to know people’s feelings about the current state of Sunstone (apart from its website, which is uncontestibly ugly). I seem to recall its new editor, Dan Wotherspoon, making a concerted effort to moderate the tone a bit and to encourage faithful scholars (read: BYU professors) to publish more often. Are these shifts necessary to the vitality of Sunstone? And has Dan been successful?