The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), an organization dedicated to LDS apologetics, is hosting its annual conference this week in Sandy, Utah. The conference, which is taking place on August 4 and 5 at the South Towne Exposition Center, will also be available online for people who are unable to attend the sessions in person.
The conference webcast represents an innovation to the way FAIR is publishing and sharing research online. The Internet is a medium that has been used extensively by anti-Mormons and detractors of the Church, and FAIR hopes its increasing online presence will provide a source of truth to counter the ongoing flow of misinformation.
Those who are not able to attend the two-day conference will be able to watch the event through a webcast provided by LDSAudio.com following the conference. The webcast will be available starting on Monday, August 8 at www.ldsaudio.com/fair. Online access to watch the conference will cost $39.95.
FAIR believes the webcast will provide a new tool to help participants understand and overcome criticisms against the Church.
“Apologetics is a foreign concept to many members of the Church,” explained Scott Gordon, FAIR president. “The conference isn’t a forum for debate or a means to respond directly to detractors of the Church. It’s better understood as a gathering to share research and affirm our beliefs as devoted members of the Church.”
Gordon says FAIR responds to issues and criticisms that the Church typically doesn’t spend time and energy addressing.
“The Church is busy bringing people to Jesus Christ. It doesn’t need to respond to everyone who brings up an old rehashed anti-Mormon argument. We, on the other hand, are volunteers that like doing this stuff,” Gordon said.
While the membership of FAIR primarily composed of devoted members of the Church, FAIR is also quick to point out that the organization is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in any way and does not speak in behalf of the Church on any issues.
More information about FAIR and the 2005 FAIR Conference is available online at www.fairlds.org/. Talk transcripts from past conference sessions are available at www.fairlds.org/pubs/conf/. Audio recordings of talks from the 2003 and 2004 FAIR Conferences are available for download from http://www.ldsaudio.com/.