Mormon Studies

The Canonization of the Book of Mormon?

November 10, 2008 | 29 comments
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The Canonization of the Book of Mormon?

Penguin Books has just published a “Penguin Classics” edition of the Book of Mormon edited by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp. Penguin Classics, of course, are the paperback editions of literary staples like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. They are printed and marketed largely as texts for college classes. The assumption is that a text included in the Penguin series has become a stable part of the high-brow diet of books, or at least ought to be. It is worth reflecting a little bit about what this edition of the Book of Mormon might or might not mean. The Penguin book... Read more »

2009 LDS Law Students Conference at Harvard Law School

November 3, 2008 | 8 comments
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The J. Reuben Clark Society’s annual student conference will be held this year at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Registration is now open, and I urge LDS students, lawyers, and interested laypersons to attend. FYI. Read more »

Confirm or Deny?

October 20, 2008 | 57 comments
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The following is making the email rounds with lightning speed. It claims to be talk given recently by President Packer. Can anyone confirm or deny? Read more »

Teaching the Reformation

October 19, 2008 | 34 comments
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Just as I went to publish this post, I saw Ben’s post about the conference on Mormons and Evangelicals. It’s a nice coincidence. As are the recent posts by Kent and Marc on labeling and categorizing. I was already scheduled to attend another conference this week, an annual conference for historians of the Reformation (surely you knew about it), where I’ll be part of an ongoing panel devoted to issues in teaching. This year’s issue is “Defining Protestantism,” as everyone is rightly concerned about labels we impose on people. Five or six scholars make up the panel, and we... Read more »

National Student Dialogue Conference II

October 18, 2008 | 2 comments
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Standing Together and the Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University are hosting a conference of Latter-day Saint and evangelical Christian students and scholars this coming Friday and Saturday, October 24-5, 2008, on topics including, “Was a Restoration Necessary?,” “Authority and Scripture,” and “The Nature of God: Finite or Infinite?” Directly addressing some of the primary points of disagreement between Mormons and evangelicals, the discussion is sure to be electric. Read more »

A New Summer Seminar on Mormonism with Terryl Givens and Matt Grow

October 16, 2008 | 3 comments
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Reminder: Alma Conference

September 15, 2008 | 6 comments
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For those in the Provo area: Read more »

New Mormon Studies Clearinghouse: MormonConferences.org

September 4, 2008 | 10 comments
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New Mormon Studies Clearinghouse: MormonConferences.org

Have you been wondering where to go to find out what all is going on in Mormon Studies? Now you know: MormonConferences.org, just launched today, keeps track of all the major public events in Mormon Studies and lists them all on one calendar Read more »

Upcoming Conference on Alma 32

August 6, 2008 | 3 comments
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Call for Papers

July 21, 2008 | 25 comments
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Gospel culture and the others

May 1, 2008 | 19 comments
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How do ‘we’ as Mormons learn to view ‘others’? We can try to answer this question from the angle of various approaches to the concept of “gospel culture”. Read more »

Mormon identity and culture

March 25, 2008 | 68 comments
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The following is part of a larger study on the concept of “gospel culture”, which I have been working on. In a previous post I presented the question “How American is the Church?”, which yielded very interesting comments. For the present post I excerpted some further parts on culture and Mormon identity, with various questions to the reader. Read more »

Summer Seminar update

August 8, 2007 | no comments
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For those interested in the BYU summer seminar, I’ve revised the post, adding the titles of and abstracts for the papers. Read more »

BYU Summer Seminar

August 6, 2007 | 11 comments
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The annual summer symposium, this year “Joseph Smith and His Times,” will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2007. The symposium will feature papers by twelve summer seminar fellows on the theme “Mormon Thinkers, 1890-1930,” covering topics ranging from the influence of Herbert Spencer on Mormon thought to Mormonism and Modernity. Read more »

Why a Second Coming?

February 22, 2007 | 25 comments
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It might seem that there are few Hegelians in the world today. Read more »

The Opportunity Cost of Publishing

October 25, 2006 | 16 comments
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In this excellent post, Rosalynde talks about the gender differences in subject material among Deseret Book writers. This renews the discussion brought up by Taryn Nelson-Seawright on the same difference existing in other Mormon outlets. Explanations abound for this phenomena, ranging from differing preferences to piggy discrimination, but most of them are sort of boring. Here’s one that is at least slightly more interesting: Read more »

O’Dea’s The Mormons Part II: The Edited Volume Retrospective

July 17, 2006 | 3 comments
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The Mormon Social Science Association, under the direction of editors John Hoffman, Cardell Jacobsen, and Tim Heaton of BYU’s Department of Sociology, is currently putting together a volume of essays that retrospectively assess O’Dea’s 1957 classic The Mormons. Read more »

O’Dea’s The Mormons Part I: Strain and Conflict in the Church

July 14, 2006 | 32 comments
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Thomas F. O’Dea’s The Mormons (1957) is a classic text in Mormon studies. So much that the Mormon Social Science Association is currently putting together an edited volume Read more »

History and Scripture

June 24, 2006 | 65 comments
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Authority Roulette

June 21, 2006 | 99 comments
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I’ve talked about authority a few different times, but I thought I should try writing something up as a post. So here’s a version comparing it to roulette: Read more »

Joseph Smith chopped down the Sacred Grove

June 14, 2006 | 57 comments
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Twelve years ago my family piled in a rented RV and drove cross-country to attend a wedding reception for my older brother and his wife in Minnesota. On the way we stopped at the church history sites in Missouri, including Independence, Liberty Jail, and Far West. Read more »

Market Dominant Minorities in the Book of Mormon

March 16, 2006 | 42 comments
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Book Review: Early Christians in Disarray

December 21, 2005 | 31 comments
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Can you really understand what the Restoration is if you don’t have your mind around what the Great Apostasy was? Read more »

David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

August 16, 2005 | 78 comments
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David O. McKay presented a dramatic contrast to his predecessors: an athletic, movie-star-handsome, clean-shaven figure who often wore a white double-breasted suit; contrasted to the dark-suited, bearded polygamists (or, in the case of George Albert Smith, son of a polygamist) who preceded him as Church President ever since Joseph Smith. In an age prior to professional image-makers, he instinctively grasped the importance of appearance, and coupled it to the substance of a professional educator to become an icon of Mormonism whose persona did much to change the negative image of the Church in much of the world. Read more »