My Topic at Early August’s FAIR Conference



I’ve changed the topic I had proposed to speak on at the FAIR Conference that will be held in Sandy, Utah, toward the beginning of August.  I’m going to address the topic “Of ‘Mormon Studies’ and Apologetics.”


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  • Michael

    Outstanding sir! I am looking forward to that. Many, many people support you, Bro. Peterson.

  • Glen Cooper

    Dan, I don’t know what your original topic was, but THIS one sounds really interesting. It almost entices me to attend, to hear it.

  • KCS

    Wouldn’t you rather be at Lake Powell?

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    For the first time in several years, since moving from Idaho Falls to eastern Washington, I will be able to attend the FAIR conference, and I am looking forward to hearing your presentation.

    As an attorney, I make arguments for a living. I have found that people who are not in professions where argument is part of the process, seem to think that argument is the precise equivalent of war, that can only be motivated by personal hatred and a willingness to sever all future amicable relationships with the person on the opposing end of the argument, and that the objective is to destroy the opponent both body and soul. Much of what passes for political discourse these days seeks not to persuade but to destroy. That certainly seems to be the attitude of certain more vehement attackers of the Church, but a duel to the death is not what attorneys engage in, and often the people they debate in court are their closest friends.

    There is a middle ground between an unwilingness to disagree with a critic and seeking to send him to hell. Standards of truth and logic exist that allow people of good will to disagree about important propositions, even while bearing no personal ill will toward another. I would not be bothered if one of my opponents won the Powerball, nor would I feel happy if he caught a loathsome disease. There are certain propositions which each person must decide for himself are either true or false or unknowable at this time. And other conclusions descend from those axioms. My argument harms no one. Being prevented from offering my argument harms me and those who agree with me.

    There is no reason to apologize for apologetics.

  • Tyler Moulton

    D&C 121: 9-10 come to mind. I look forward to hailing you again.

  • Margaret Dansie

    Have admired and respected you for several years. Looking forward to the FAIR Conference!