“We must truly listen to each other, respecting our essential brotherhood and the courage of those who try to speak, however they may differ from us in professional standing or religious belief or moral vision. We must speak and listen patiently, with good humor, with real expectation, and our dialogue can serve both truth and charity.” Eugene England 1966
Few Mormon intellectuals capture the oft painful paradoxes of the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as did Eugene England. Born in Downey Idaho on the 22 July 1933 to Mormon wheat farmers George Eugene and Dora Rose Hartvigsen England, Gene, as he is known to friends and family, would create a unique intellectual legacy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints as an author, poet and essayist, the co-founder of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the formation of the Association of Mormon Letters.
Eugene England described the idea Mormon scholar as “critical and innovative as his gifts from God require but conscious of and loyal to his own unique heritage and nurturing community and thus able to exercise those gifts without harm to others or himself.”
Welcome to this special episode about the life and writings of Eugene England with Jody Hansen England, Rebecca England, Mark England and Dan Wotherspoon.