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BYU Religious Studies Center: 2018 in Review

Written on December 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm, by

The BYU Religious Studies Center teamed up with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship to produce outstanding work in 2018! Awards 2018 Smith-Pettit Best Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association for Roy A. Prete and Carma T. Prete, eds., Canadian Mormons: History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2018 Harvey B. and

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

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

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

BYU Religious Education Student Symposium

Written on February 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm, by

Join us at the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium on Friday, February 19, 2016. Free to the public. 9:00–9:50 AM, 3220 Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) Commentator: W. Justin Dyer, Department of Church History & Doctrine James Hummel The Power of Unity: Modern Reflections of a Christian Minority in the Roman Empire Nathan Phair “Live Up

Conversations with Mormon Historians: A Unique Book

Written on December 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm, by

By Alexander L. Baugh Professor of Church history and Doctrine, BYU It’s obvious that historians write about history—the events that shaped it and the people who made it—but they rarely write about themselves. However, I discovered that historians are much more open when it comes to talking about themselves and their approach to history. So

Reflections on Elder Perry’s Passing and BYU

Written on June 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm, by

Reflections on Elder Perry’s Passing and BYU Alexander L. Baugh Professor of Church History and Doctrine, BYU Elder Perry’s passing came as quite a surprise to many in the Church. Although he was ninety-two and the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he had enjoyed robust health with no apparent ailments, and he

Valiance in the Classroom

Written on March 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm, by

Valiance in the Classroom By Charles Swift Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU It was fall semester 1977 at Brigham Young University, and it was the beginning of my sophomore year in college. I had attended another university my freshman year and had been baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on

Reid L. Neilson Appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder

Written on March 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm, by

Reid L. Neilson Appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder By Alexander L. Baugh Professor of Church History and Doctrine, BYU On January 23, 2015, the Church announced the appointment of Reid L. Neilson as an Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. With this appointment, Reid joins Richard S. Turley Jr., in that position. For the past