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
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.
Eastern Christianity is a rich and diverse spiritual home for millions of believers worldwide, but it receives much less academic attention than its Western Christian cousins. Why? There are many reasons, but two seem particularly relevant and remediable: a lack of accessible and reliable texts from the tradition, as well as the remoteness of the texts’ [...]Read More
Book Notes: Shepard and Marquardt, Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of the Twelve
Volume 2 of the Mormon Studies Review is shaping up to be another great issue. Inexpensive digital subscriptions should be available in time for its release—more information to come. In the meantime, we continue to occasionally post “Book Notes” highlighting some of the Mormon studies titles we may not have space to cover in the Review. Like this one. Enjoy!Read More
Although the Maxwell Institute focuses its attention primarily on religious texts of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this episode examines a religious text from an eastern tradition (the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali) in order get a better understanding of the nature of religious texts in general.
Michael Austin wants to introduce Latter-day Saints to a Job they’ve probably never met, regardless of how many times they’ve read the Old Testament book. Most readers of the Bible think of Job as the ultimate example of faith overcoming suffering. Job loses everything; his possessions, his family, his good health—everything but his patience and [...]Read More
The purpose of the Nibley Fellowship program is to support and encourage LDS scholars pursuing graduate work germane to the study of scripture. Preference is given to PhD students with a proven record of academic excellence and a compelling research agenda. Once again, we have received a stack of high quality submissions for the Nibley [...]Read More
Book Notes: Terryl L. Givens, Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought—Cosmos, God, and Humanity
Terryl L. Givens explores the foundations of Mormon theology in one of the most ambitious studies on the topic published in decades. Volume one of Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought situates early Mormon thought on “Cosmos, God, and Humanity” within it’s nineteenth-century environment as well as on a trajectory spanning back [...]Read More
One of the root meanings of the word “religion” is to re-read. To be religious by implication, then, means that we are committed to rereading and rethinking and that the generation of truth is a kind of recycling and repurposing. Revelation often comes to us as our minds reconsider what we thought we understood and suddenly—seen from a different perspective or in a new light—Read More
What’s it like to participate in the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture? Six participants from this year’s seminar answer that question in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.