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Beyond Dogmatism

Written on September 12, 2018 at 9:50 am, by

Religion is sometimes attacked as a source of ignorance and conflict. While all humans are subject to confirmation bias, perhaps the real danger is dogmatism, or the tendency to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others, especially when it leads to prejudice or violence. That condition may

The Expanded Canon

Written on September 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm, by

Review of Blair G. Van Dyke, Brian D. Birch, and Boyd J. Petersen, eds. The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism & Sacred Texts. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 258 pp. $25.95. In The Expanded Canon, the first volume of the new UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series, the editors point out that Latter-day Saints, like

Saints: Moving Stories Supported by Solid Sources

Written on September 5, 2018 at 9:25 am, by

Review of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth, 1815–1846. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018. 699 pp., $5.75 print, $1.99 digital. Short version: The book is very readable, with personal accounts that share deep emotions felt during

New Interim Religious Education Dean, Associate Dean, Publications Director

Written on July 27, 2018 at 11:33 am, by

Welcome to three new leaders of the Religious Studies Center team! Effective July 1, professor of ancient scripture Daniel K Judd began service as the interim dean for Religious Education and director of the Religious Studies Center. He most recently served as associate dean in Religious Education and previously served as chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture.

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