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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 Executive Editor, Religious Studies Center 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:

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 R. Devan Jensen is executive editor at the Religious Studies Center. At the Pulpit:

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;

Review of Mormons in the Piazza

Written on February 2, 2017 at 11:46 am, by

Review of Toronto, James A., Eric R Dursteler, and Michael W. Homer. Mormons in the Piazza: History of the Latter-day Saints in Italy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2017. 599 pp. Photographs, maps, notes, appendix, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-1-9443-9410-3. $34.99 Review by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel Richard Neitzel Holzapfel is a professor of Church

RSC Books in Early 2017

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm, by

Copublished by the RSC and Deseret Book in Early 2017 Mormons in the Piazza: History of the Latter-day Saints in Italy By James A. Toronto, Eric R Dursteler and Michael W. Homer From the day Lorenzo Snow stepped out of a carriage onto Italian soil in 1850 to the day that Thomas S. Monson turned a shovel of Italian soil