The annual meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology is this week at BYU. All the sessions are being held in B192 in the JFSB from Thursday through Saturday. You can see the full schedule of sessions at the smpt.org website.
Like an idiot I hadn’t put it on my calendar. I’d completely forgotten about it until Ben called me this evening to ask if I was going. Unfortunately my wife is going out of town this weekend. I’m going to try and go to the Thursday and Friday sessions though. Even though I’ve not been able to attend as regularly the past few years as in the past, I’ve always enjoyed the sessions I’ve attended. There are lot of great thinking by people far smarter than I am. So I always get something out of it – especially in the sessions I disagree with.
As in past years, there’s a few concurrent sessions where I wish I could attend both sessions. Hopefully they’ll put up the audio recordings on smpt.org in a month or so as in past years. You can then listen while working out or walking the dog.
The ones I’m looking forward to the most are Sam Brown’s “Mormonism’s ‘True Light’ and the God of Classic Theism.” I always have a soft spot for analysis of Mormon theology in terms of traditional theism. Charles Randall Paul, who’s quite influenced by the pragmatists albeit more James than Peirce, has session that sounds extremely interesting “Our Worship-Worthy Divine-Human Leader: A Reverent Speculation on Joseph Smith’s Divine Anthropology and Jesus Christ.” I’m going to really try to make it to that one although I might not be able to. Jeremy Talmage has “The Mormon Metaphysics of Spirit: A Revised Tripartite Model” and I’ve long been interested in that subject. There’s also a discussion panel Saturday (which I know I can’t attend) on the theologian Stephen Webb. He wrote the book Mormon Christianity: What Non-Mormon Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints.
All the sessions really sound great this year though. I hope you’ll all be there.