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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 […]

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VIDEO—“The Living Reformation: 500 Years of Martin Luther”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Video of the Institute’s recent conference, The Living Reformation: 500 Years of Martin Luther, are now available here and on our YouTube channel. Interviews with several presenters are available in a special series of Maxwell Institute Podcast episodes here (with a […]

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MIPodcast #70—A Hindu perspective on being a disciple-scholar, with Ravi Gupta

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Who owns religion? Who gets to say what is right or wrong, fact or fiction about any religious tradition? Religious believers and scholars of religion don’t always see eye to eye on this question. In this episode, Dr. Ravi Gupta […]

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“What history does to you is its use” (Nibley Fellow Reflections)

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Katherine Kitterman received a Nibley Fellowship during the 2016–17 school year. Kitterman is currently a PhD candidate in American History at American University in Washington, D. C. Her fields of emphasis are public history and women’s history. As the Maxwell […]

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MIPodcast #69—Setting down the sacred past of African Americans, with Laurie Maffly-Kipp

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. An estimated twelve million Africans were forced into slavery from the seventeenth century until Emancipation. Torn from their land, separated from family and kin, their bodies were stolen and their very identities were at risk of annihilation. So Africans became African […]

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Green and Hauglid reappointed at the Maxwell Institute

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. As 2018 approaches, we are pleased to announce the reappointment of two of the Maxwell Institute’s current visiting scholars. Deidre Green First, Deidre Green joins the Maxwell Institute for the 2017–18 academic year as a postdoctoral research fellow. New postdoctoral […]

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VIDEO—Samuel M. Brown, “To Save the Bible, First You Must Kill It”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Samuel M. Brown’s MI Guest Lecture is now available to watch online: “To Save the Bible, First You Must Kill It: A Book of Mormon Lecture.” Watch Some scholars have referred to Joseph Smith’s 1830 Book of Mormon as “America’s […]

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MIPodcast #68—Reforming the sacraments, with Jennifer Powell McNutt

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Martin Luther believed the Bible proved that the Catholic Church had gone astray. His efforts to bring reform to the church wound up leading to his excommunication and the Reformation was off and running. In the previous two episodes we […]

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VIDEO—Adam Powell, “Crisis Converted”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Adam Powell’s MI Guest Lecture is now available to watch online: “Crisis Converted: Opposition, Salvation, and Elasticity in Early Mormonism.” Watch Why do some new religious movements succeed while others fail? Why are notions of deification—the belief that humans progress […]

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Can sheep excrement cure ulcers? Consult the final volume of Maimonides’s Medical Aphorisms

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. I’m excited to announce the publication of the fifth and final volume of medical aphorisms by the great Medieval Jewish physician and theologian Moses Maimonides, translated from the Arabic by Gerrit Bos, a world authority on Maimonides. Moses Maimonides is […]

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MIPodcast #67—How the Reformation rebelled against Luther, with Brad S. Gregory

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. When Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in October of 1517 he had no intention of starting a revolution. But he became a rebel and the Reformation took off. But then the Reformation rebelled against Luther, and we’re still dealing […]

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Working to remember what Mormons worked to forget about 9/11

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Janiece Johnson I am certainly not alone in remembering where I was sixteen years ago today. Roommates gone, I was working at home in the avenues of Salt Lake City reading nineteenth-century newspapers on the velvety green couch. The Today […]

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MIPodcast #66—Martin Luther and the birth of the Reformation, with Craig Harline

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. What was Martin Luther trying to accomplish when he nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenburg church door? Would you believe he didn’t intend to start a new religious movement at all? Down the centuries Martin Luther has been lauded by […]

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“It made theology relevant to my own lived experience again”—Michelle Lee on the 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Michelle Lee Applying to the Mormon Theology Seminar was something of an exercise in confronting vulnerability for me. I have always been interested in theology, but my career path thus far has taken me in a decidedly non-academic direction, and […]