In part 2 Brian Kissell interviews Kirk Caudle about the recent news that he has resigned his membership from the church.
Kirk received his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spiritual Traditions and Ethics) from Marylhurst University, a small Roman Catholic liberal arts school founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. He additionally holds a BA degree from Cascade College, a satellite campus of Oklahoma Christian University, in Interdisciplinary Studies (Bible and History). Kirk is active in interfaith dialogue and regularly presents papers at academic conferences on Mormonism and other aspects of Religion and Philosophy. His professional teaching experience includes three years as a guest New Testament instructor at the Portland LDS Institute of Religion and religion instructor for Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Kirk wrote his Master’s thesis on, “Joseph Smith and the Eternal Possibilities of the Immortal Soul in Western Philosophical and Theological Thought.” He is an active member of multiple scholarly organizations including the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). As of 2012, he and Dr. Susanna Morrill, associate professor of Religious Studies at Lewis and Clark College, have co-chaired the Mormon Studies session of the Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR. Kirk resides in Portland, OR with his 4 children and his wife of 14 years.
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