Valerie Hudson Explains Polygamy, An Exception to the Law
Since it is too hot here in the Southeast to do much of anything, I was piddling around on the WEB and came across this article in the Deseret News about the recent Fairs conference. Valerie Hudson, a BYU political science professor, presented, according to the article, her interpretation of the history of Mormon scriptural teachings regarding plural marriage. She seems to have a greater handle on the Lords thinking and disposition on polygamy (an exception to the law of monogamy, which is the Lords primary plan of happiness) than even those who introduced it to the LDS Church.
Since I didnt have much else to do and I was curious about this person who also thinks that even if polygamy should be legalized, the Church would still excommunicate those who engaged in polygamous marriage. I looked at the Wikipedia entry about her. I discovered that she is leaving BYU, having accepted a position at Texas A&M where she will hold the George H. W. Bush chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. I also found that she was one of the founders, and senior editor of Square Two an on-line journal.
It is still being too hot to do anything, so I looked up Square Two. This on-line journals purpose, I read, is to publish scholarly articles on important issues of the world today . . . informed by an LDS perspective. I looked at the most recent issue, feeling a need for exposure to scholarly materials informed by an LDS perspective. I read two articles, both interesting. The first, Like Father, Like Son?, compares Rex Lees Constitutional perspective with that of his son Mike Lee. The authors, Ryan Decker and Jensen Gunther, think the apple, Mike, has fallen a long way from the tree. They also raise questions about how informed Utah voters are.
The second articlebyline Anonymous Bishopasked questions about Mormons doctrine of eternal marriage, and second marriage follow the death of a spouse. Says Anonymous Bishop: Maybe I’m just too hung up on semantics, but if we say we’re married for time and all eternity, shouldn’t we act like we’re married for time and all eternity? Why is fidelity to spouse in this life important, but can be abandoned the moment our spouse dies? Bishop says the young people in his ward ask him questions like that, and he doesnt have good answers. Ah, but the commenters do. They who comment may be informed by LDS thought, but there is something lacking in the scholarship, me thinks.
I havent searched further in Square Two, but it seems to hold promise of some interesting perspectives in ways I had not expected based upon the Deseret News report of the Senior Editors paper at FAIR.