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No One Knows My Editing

Written on October 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm, by

Death mask of Joseph Smith plaster mask, Ariah C. Brower and George Cannon, 1844. (Courtesy of Church History Museum, Salt Lake City. Photograph by Alex D. Smith.) R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center “No man knows my history,” Joseph Smith Jr. said, later adding, “I don’t blame any one for not

Beyond Dogmatism

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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,

The Expanded Canon

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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

Saints: Moving Stories Supported by Solid Sources

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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

New Interim Religious Education Dean, Associate Dean, Publications Director

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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 ReligiousEducation and director of the Religious Studies Center. He most recentlyserved as associate dean in Religious Education and previously

A New Year with Inspiring New Publications

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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

A Second Look at the RSC and Maxwell Institute Partnership

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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, along

Review of Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center Review of Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics 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

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

By R. Devan Jensen Executive Editor at the Religious Studies Center 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.