If you’re around BYU, you should check this out. There’s some exciting scholarship going on in this area.
Please join us for a conference, “Exploring Mormon Conceptions of Apostasy” to be held on March 1-2, 2012 at Brigham Young University.
The notion of an apostasy from the primitive gospel and the original church has been a key animating feature in Mormonism since its inception and in other “religions of the book.” However, the concept of apostasy has proven to be tremendously fluid, with individual, institutional, communal, and historical meanings and applications all proliferating in religious thought throughout the ages. Fifteen faithful Mormon scholars from many scholarly backgrounds and methodologies will explore the concept of apostasy in various historical and religious contexts as we consider how to narrate apostasy in ways that remain historically authentic and cohere with Mormon theology.
The conference schedule and location information are available at the conference website <http://sites.google.com/site/mormonconceptionsofapostasy/>.
For more information, please contact the conference organizer, Miranda Wilcox, assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University (firstname.lastname@example.org). The conference is funded by an Eliza R. Snow Faculty Grant.