Charles Swift is an associate professor of ancient scripture and the Religious Education Teaching Fellow at Brigham Young University. He is the recipient of an Alcuin Fellowship. Born in Dallas, Texas, he joined the LDS Church his freshman year in college. A year later, he served a mission in Japan. For his PhD dissertation, he completed a literary study of the vision of the Tree of Life and how it conveys ideas about teaching and learning. He still emphasizes a literary approach in his research, believing that one of the most powerful ways to understand the scriptures is to understand how the Lord uses the written word—the story—to convey his doctrines. His teaching style is one of lecture and discussion, encouraging students to learn as they try to articulate in class what they are seeing in the scriptures. He and his wife have three children and one daughter-in-law.
- Swift, Charles
Articles/Chapters by: Charles Swift
- Profiles of the Prophets: Brigham Young from RE 8, no. 1 (2007)
- The Literary Power of the Doctrine and Covenants from RE 10, no. 1 (2009)
- When Less Is More: The Reticent Narrator in the Story of Alma and Amulek from RE 13, no. 1 (2012)
- 19. "It Filled My Soul with Exceedingly Great Joy": Lehi's Vision of Teaching and Learning from The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi's Dream and Nephi's Vision
- Three Stories from My Redeemer Lives!
- The Bread of Life Discourse as Dialogue from How the New Testament Came to Be
- 9. "The Tongue Is a Fire": The Symbolic Language of James 3 from Shedding Light on the New Testament
- The Ages of the Patriarchs in the Joseph Smith Translation from A Witness for the Restoration
- The Literary Power of the Book of Mormon from Living the Book of Mormon
- “For Our Profit and Learning”: One Method for Likening the Scriptures from RE 16, no. 2 (2015)
- “After This Manner Did He Speak”: Mormon’s Discourse on Faith, Hope, and Charity from RE 19, no. 2 (2018)