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MIPodcast #76—Adam Miller on more “Letters to a Young Mormon”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Adam Miller wrote Letters to a Young Mormon for thoughtful people yearning for a more thoughtful faith. It’s a little book, but it packs a powerful punch. In this episode, Miller is talks about the new second expanded edition, which the Maxwell […]

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The Institute’s new Annual Report is here, and we’d like to send you a copy

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. The Maxwell Institute has been a remarkably busy and dynamic place since Spencer Fluhman was named executive director in 2016. By the numbers: We’ve gathered 14 Institute scholars and 23 student assistants; hosted 15 special guest lectures; organized 3 academic conferences, […]

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Check out these MIPodcast episodes for Black History Month

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. February is Black History Month, a perfect time to revisit these episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast. Episode #48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey In this episode, Julius H. Bailey talks about his book, Down in the […]

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Maxwell Institute teams up with University of Illinois Press on “Mormon Studies Review”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. When Spencer Fluhman became editor-in-chief of the Mormon Studies Review in 2013 he envisioned a periodical that would “track what is now a vibrant, varied, and international academic engagement with Mormon institutions, lives, ideas, texts, and stories.” As promised, its review essays, book […]

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Peck, Green, and Barlow presenting on science and Mormonism at annual UVU conference

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Steven L. Peck Steven L. Peck has been selected to give the Eugene England Lecture at the 2018 Mormon Studies Conference at Utah Valley University. The conference theme is “Mormonism and the Challenges of Science, Revelation and Faith.” Peck is […]

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Keep up to date with the Institute’s new monthly newsletter

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Last year was the busiest year in the Maxwell Institute’s history. Keep an eye out for our annual report, coming very soon. Under the direction of our new executive director, Spencer Fluhman, the Institute strives to become a place that gathers […]

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MIPodcast #75—“To be learned is good,” with Richard Bushman

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Our 75th Episode! The Book of Mormon warns against mistaking intelligence for wisdom, but adds a crucial caveat: “to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God” (2 Nephi 9:29). Where LDS founding prophet Joseph Smith declared that a person is saved no faster […]

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Netflix’s “Godless” replays old battle between Mormons and Americans

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. NOTE: This post contains spoilers about the Netflix series Godless. Since the nineteenth century, a public battle has been waged about the citizenship of Mormons in “Christian America.” Entire books have been written about ways Mormons have been otherized while fighting for […]

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Maxwell Institute teams up with U. of Illinois Press on “Journal of Book of Mormon Studies”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. In 1975, the University of Illinois Press published Robert Bruce Flanders’s book Nauvoo: Kingdom on the Mississippi. That publication marked the beginning of what would become a longstanding commitment on the part of UIP to make available solid academic work on the […]

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When it comes to discipleship and scholarship, Richard Bushman says “we are in this together”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Historian Richard Bushman says he was reluctant to go along with it when Jerry Bradford, former Maxwell Institute executive director, suggested a festschrift in his honor. But when Spencer Fluhman, Kathleen Flake, and Jed Woodworth started planning one anyway, he […]

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Learn more about the Old Testament on the Maxwell Institute Podcast

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. As the LDS Sunday school curriculum turns to focus on the Old Testament this year, supplement your learning with these Maxwell Institute Podcast episodes featuring Hebrew Bible specialists. Taken together, they’re like a mini crash course—Hebrew Bible 101! Episode #15—Reading the […]

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Middle Eastern Texts Initiative moving to Brill

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. For two decades now, the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative has been engaged in the editing, translation, and publication of important texts from the golden age of the Islamic world, including mystical, theological, philosophical, and medical works by Muslims, Jews, and […]

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VIDEO—Catherine Taylor, “The Lady at the Gate”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Catherine Taylor’s recent Maxwell Institute Scholar Lecture is now available online: “The Lady at the Gate: Women as Holy Gatekeepers in Early Christian Iconography.” Watch Early Christians spent a lot of time with their dead. They carefully curated rites and memorial images […]

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MIPodcast #74— “Feeding the Flock,” with Terryl L. Givens

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Latter-day Saint scholar Terryl L. Givens is back with us again. Dr. Givens spent the summer here at the Institute as a Neal A. Maxwell fellow. It was a real treat to have Terryl here in the building, and he […]

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Adam Miller on “future tense apologetics”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Adam Miller introduces the next book of Proceedings of the Mormon Theology Seminar. Order your copy of A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1 here. This new volume of Proceedings of the Mormon Theology […]

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VIDEO—John W. Welch, “Hours Never to Be Forgotten: Timing the Translation of the Book of Mormon”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. John W. Welch’s recent Laura F. Willes Book of Mormon Lecture is now available online: “Hours Never to Be Forgotten: Timing the Translation of the Book of Mormon.” Watch In this lecture, John W. Welch meticulously tracks the timeline of the […]

Check out what’s inside Mormon Studies Review volume 5

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. From Benjamin Park, an associate editor of the Mormon Studies Review Another November means another issue of Mormon Studies Review. This year marks a half-decade of production, a fact of which we are proud. We hope our readers will find this year’s […]

Looking at listening in Mormonism

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Sharon J. Harris and Peter McMurray are here to tell us about the surprising connection between Mormonism and headphones. This guest post is a supplement to their full essay, “Sounding Mormonism,” from the Mormon Studies Review vol. 5 (2018), available […]

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MIPodcast #73—Women and power in the Church of God in Christ, with Anthea Butler

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. If you’re familiar with African American religious history, you know that black women outnumber black men in the church. There are a lot of theories about why, too. Author Zora Neale Hurston, for example, said that black women were “the […]

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VIDEO—Anthea Butler, “Caught in the Tentacles: American Baptist Home Missions to Mormons…”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Professor Anthea Butler’s MI Guest Lecture is now available to watch online: “Caught in the Tentacles: American Baptist Home Missions to Mormons in Utah in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century.” Watch In 1898, the Woman’s American Baptist Home […]

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VIDEO—Ravi Gupta, “Who Owns Religion? A Hindu Perspective on Being a Disciple-Scholar”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Professor Ravi Gupta’s recent Maxwell Institute Guest Lecture is now available to watch online: “Who Owns Religion? A Hindu Perspective on Being a Disciple-Scholar.” Watch Recent decades have seen tension between Hindus and scholars of Hinduism. Who gets to decide how […]

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“The Christ Who Heals”: A conversation with Terryl & Fiona Givens

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Cross-posted from faithmatters.org. Has Mormonism unconsciously inherited ideas from western Christianity, particularly from Protestantism, that have kept us from fully realizing and embracing some essential truths of the restored gospel? In their inspiring and persuasive new book, The Christ Who Heals: […]

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MIPodcast #72—The Koran in English, with Bruce Lawrence and David Peck

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. When the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad, it arrived in the language of his place and time—Arabic. To this day, for virtually all Muslims whether Arab or not, the Qur’an only truly exists in Arabic. You can read […]

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MIPodcast #71—Mormon exorcism lore, with Stephen Taysom

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. In 1888 a Mormon woman in the Southern States mission of the LDS Church requested a visit from the missionaries. She said she was possessed by the devil and asked the elders to help her by the laying on of […]