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FAIR Announces Second Annual Mormon Apologetics Symposium

FELTON, CALIFORNIA -- The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research is proud to announce the Second Annual Mormon Apologetics Symposium, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 24-25, 2000. The event will be at the Peruvian Lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon, about 30 miles from Salt Lake City. The title of the symposium is "The Methodology of Deceit: Tactics and Methods of LDS Critics." F.A.I.R. is currently conducting a call for papers from all parties interested in presenting at the conference. Papers presented in the symposium will be complied and published in the form of a book, which will be available after the symposium concludes.

A collection of prestigious LDS scholars and researchers will present papers addressing specific aspects of anti-Mormon publications, including Dr. Daniel Peterson, L. Ara Norwood, Daniel Bachman, and several others. Defenders of the LDS church have been highly critical of the methods used by anti-Mormon publications since the early 1830's when Eber D. Howe authored what is considered to be the first anti-Mormon work, Mormonism Unveiled. Since that time, many other published works have purported to "expose" the LDS church as fraudulent and it doctrines as not fitting " . . . within the bounds of the historic, apostolic tradition of the Christian faith."

"Since the earliest days of the church, members have felt that many of the attack made against the church were based on spurious interpretations of scripture and, quite often, dishonest representations of LDS doctrines," said Darryl Barksdale, President of FAIR. "This conference is an opportunity for LDS scholars and apologist to highlight these tactics and defend the church against them." The first Mormon Apologetic Symposium took place in the bay area of Northern California on June 17-19, 1999. Last years topic was "Mormonism and Early Christianity" and papers were presented that explored the relationships between LDS doctrine and beliefs and those of the primitive Christian church.

Advance registration for this year's symposium can be made through the FAIR web site at Rooms are available for $52/night and reservations should be made directly with the Alta Peruvian Lodge by calling (801) 328-8589. Please indicate that you are participating in the FAIR Symposium in August.

The Foundation for Apologetic Information &Research (FAIR) was formed in 1997 by a small handful of LDS "defenders of the faith" who were involved in discussing LDS doctrine with non-members, and some antagonists, on America Online. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in November of 1997, the organization published its first web site in March of 1998 and currently receives over 230,000 hits a week. FAIR currently has over 1,000 members and publishes a free monthly newsletter, along with several critically acclaimed books on LDS Apologetics. Their web site URL is


FAIR Announces Second Annual Mormon Apologetics Symposium
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