A few weeks ago, I attended the Negotiating LDS History and Faith Challenges presentation in Manhattan, organized by the Temple and Observatory Group and featuring Richard Bushman, Fiona Givens and Terryl Givens. I took some notes that I wanted to share with anyone who was not in attendance but might benefit from what was said. Upon realizing the choppiness of my notes and also my inadequacy in explaining the ideas and thoughts of the speakers, I hesitated.
What changed my mind was the interest from others and the desire to, at the very least, point people to an outline of the presentations and especially to point them to some of the referenced literature. If there is anyone out there who attended and would like to add a different or additional view of what was said, please do so in the comments. My own additional thoughts about specific points will be in parentheses. If there are exact quotes, I’ve used the appropriate punctuation, otherwise the notes reflect my best summary of what was said. (more…)