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A New Year with Inspiring New Publications

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:07 pm, by

Happy new year! As LDS Church Gospel Doctrine teachers and students embark on a study of the Old Testament, we hope many will navigate their journey using our Gospel Doctrine supplemental reading. Readers may particularly enjoy our Prophets and Prophecies of the Old Testament and John Gee’s Introduction to the Book of Abraham. Our books will include

A Second Look at the RSC and Maxwell Institute Partnership

Written on December 11, 2017 at 4:01 pm, by

A Second Look at the RSC and Maxwell Institute Partnership Devan Jensen The RSC and Maxwell Institute editors forged a publishing partnership in September to consolidate the two production teams. Let’s look at what the combined team has accomplished so far. First, the RSC welcomed managing editor Don Brugger and senior editor Shirley Ricks, who,

Review of Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics

Written on November 15, 2017 at 5:22 pm, by

Review of Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics By Devan Jensen Those who want to learn about the art and practice of defending the faith—known classically as apologetics—will enjoy reading Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics, a compilation of essays edited by Blair G. Van Dyke and Loyd Isao Ericson (Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2017). The

New Production Partnership Forged between Maxwell Institute and BYU Religious Studies Center

Written on September 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm, by

Over the past decade, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute has invested considerable resources in producing high-quality scholarly and faith-promoting books, periodicals, and films. For over forty years, BYU’s Religious Studies Center (RSC) has also published excellent Latter-day Saint scholarship that both educates and inspires. In reviewing their respective roles at BYU, Maxwell Institute executive director Spencer Fluhman and the RSC’s publications director Thomas A.

Review of The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 5

Written on May 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm, by

Rogers, Brent M., Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Christian K. Heimburger, Max H Parkin, Alexander L. Baugh, and Steven C. Harper, eds. Documents, Volume 5: October 1835–January 1838. Vol. 5 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Ronald K. Esplin, Matthew J. Grow, and Matthew C. Godfrey. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2017. xlvi + 656

Around the World with the RSC

Written on April 5, 2017 at 10:48 am, by

By Angela Lee and Devan Jensen   At the Religious Studies Center, we love publishing content about Church history, gospel doctrine, ancient scripture, and more. This year the RSC decided to focus on Church history both far and near. For 2017, we take you around the world by focusing on specific regions and their stories. We

Review of At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

Written on February 27, 2017 at 9:35 am, by

Review of Reeder, Jennifer, and Kate Holbrook, editors. At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2017. 452 pp. Photographs, notes, appendix, index. ISBN 978-1-62972-282-5. $29.99 Review by R. Devan Jensen At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women is well conceived,

Review of Conversations with Mormon Historians

Written on February 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm, by

Review by Spencer W. McBride Spencer W. McBride is the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America (University of Virginia Press, 2017) and a historian and documentary editor with the Joseph Smith Papers Project, Salt Lake City, Utah. At the core, Conversations with Mormon Historians, is a book that features

Review of Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism

Written on February 22, 2017 at 10:59 am, by

Review by Daniel H. Olsen Daniel H. Olsen is an associate professor, Department of Geography, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. When I was asked to read and review Michael MacKay’s Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism, I was expecting to read a straightforward history of Fayette, New York, the story of founding of Mormonism

An Epic Year at the RSC!

Written on February 3, 2017 at 7:45 am, by

An Epic Year at the RSC By Devan Jensen Here is a brief video introduction to the Religious Studies Center (RSC). Established by Jeffrey R. Holland in 1975, the RSC is a vital research and publications arm of Religious Education. It exists to seek out, encourage, and publish faithful gospel scholarship through sponsoring symposia and seminars;