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.
As recently reported, CPART’s Kristian Heal and colleagues have started the work of producing new catalog descriptions for eighty Syriac manuscripts from the collection of the Vatican Apostolic Library. As part of this project, the Vatican Library has just made new digital images of these manuscripts available online in June. These online facsimiles still lack their [...]Read More
This year’s Mormon Theology Seminar recently wrapped things up in London (see here, here). I asked seminar participants to reflect on their experiences in order to give us a sense of what they got out of the gathering. This post features Ben Peters, assistant professor of Communication at the University of Tulsa and a current Faculty [...]Read More
The Maxwell Institute congratulates Blair Hodges for winning the Best Thesis Award at the 2014 conference of the Mormon History Association. His master’s thesis (completed at Georgetown University in 2013) is entitled “Intellectual Disability in Mormon Thought and History, 1830–1900.” Hodges examined the shifting conceptions of intellectual disability from the LDS Church’s founding in 1830 [...]Read More
The Maxwell Institute is pleased to announce the publication of An Experiment on the Word: Reading Alma 32. Adam S. Miller, who edited the volume, introduces our latest book in this guest post.Read More