Foreword to Peter and the Popes by A. Burt Horsley (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989), ix.
The fifth volume in the Specialized Monograph Series of the Religious Studies Center stands as a tribute to its author, Professor Emeritus A. Burt Horsley, whose long interest in Christian History and, particularly, in those who sat upon the Cathedra or throne of Peter in Rome, has enriched the understanding of students for decades. The popes were men who profoundly influenced the course of the Western World far out of proportion to their mere numbers. But in view of the enormous responsibility and power which accrued to the office they shared, their centrality in the life of the West seems neither misshapen nor misappropriated.
For his readers, Professor Horsley has prepared a highly readable and informative introduction to the world of the papacy. He has been honest in his assessments and yet has remained sensitive to the religious dimensions of his subject-from his insightful review of Peter’s ministry to his enlightening discussion of the orders and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
Naturally, the views expressed are those of the author and in no way do they represent official views of either the Religious Studies Center or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even so, the Religious Studies Center is pleased to be able to assist in some small way in seeing this study into print.
S. Kent Brown, Charles D. Tate