What is a family? This question is the focus of the 2014 Neal A. Maxwell Lecture featuring Professor James E. Faulconer. According to Faulconer, for hundreds of years people have tried to understand the concept of family in individualistic terms: singular people joining together to comprise a particular group. Faulconer believes our minds may like [...]Read More
Does academic study of the Bible undermine its value or diminish the religious messages it contains? In 2012, three scholars—a Jew, a Protestant, and a Catholic—came together at the intersection of their academic work on the Bible and their religious faith to discuss that very question. Their outstanding book The Bible and the Believer seeks to demonstrate [...]
Studies of American folklore have been going on for more than a century now and few groups have received more attention than Mormons. What are folklore studies? Why has the field focused so often on Mormonism? What can folklore studies contribute to our understanding of Mormons? What does the future hold for such studies? The [...]Read More
#14- Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the “Great Apostasy,” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young [MIPodcast]
Miranda Wilcox and John Young recently published one of the most fascinating books ever compiled on the subject of Mormon studies. It’s called Standing Apart. In the book, a group of Latter-day Saint scholars examine Mormonism’s “Great Apostasy” narrative.