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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 […]

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MIPodcast #65—Womanist theology and Mormonism, with Janan Graham-Russell

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. When you think about your religious beliefs, your theology, how much consideration have you given to your race? How has the color of your skin affected your understanding of God, of Jesus Christ, or of your religious community? Maybe you’ve […]

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Terryl Givens: 10 facts about the Mormon religion

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. This guest post is by Terryl Givens, one of our 2017 Neal A. Maxwell fellows, courtesy of the OUP Blog. Especially to those outside the faith, the beliefs and practices of the Mormon religion are largely unknown, and this has […]

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“Intensely collaborative, charitable, and collegial”—Andrew Smith on the 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Andrew Smith The Mormon Theological Seminar has been a wonderful experience. The two weeks we spent together was an amazing time with deep insights and many positive aspects. While there are many things about the experience  I could speak to here, […]

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How to catch up on the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Philip L. Barlow introduces the 2017 Symposium. See more photos on Twitter and Instagram. The symposium for the 2017 Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture wrapped up yesterday at Brigham Young University. Terryl Givens and Philip Barlow directed this year’s group […]

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MIPodcast #64—Heresy, opposition, and becoming gods, with Adam J. Powell

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015 Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at the hands of an angry mob in June of 1844. Shortly before his death he is reported to have […]

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“Abinadi was a soldier”—Nate Oman on the 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. The 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar recently wrapped up at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. We asked seminar participants to reflect on their experiences, offering a glimpse at what the Seminar’s all about. This post features Nate Oman, Cabell Research Professor […]

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David Peck—“Teaching about virtues in other faiths and cultures”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. The Maxwell Institute is delighted to welcome Dr. David D. Peck from Brigham Young University–Idaho as one of our 2017 visiting scholars. 2017 Visiting Fellow David D. Peck David D. Peck is a Latter-day Saint scholar who loves learning and teaching about […]

Keeping Narsai’s memre in memory

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Can humans truly capture the divine with pen and paper? It can feel like trying to gather smoke armed only with a butterfly net. Nevertheless, Christians over the centuries haven’t always been deterred by the degree of difficulty, with many expressing their faith not […]

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“Look at those hands”—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich on Emma Smith

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Yesterday, June 10, marked another anniversary of Emma Smith’s 1804 birth. More than a year older than her husband and Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith, she died at Nauvoo, Illinois in 1879. Renowned historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich took a moment in her recent lecture […]

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VIDEO—Deidre Green, “Saving Self-Sacrifice”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Jesus commanded his disciples to “love one another “(John 13:34). How can a Christian disciple fulfill this obligation in cases where they are being threatened or abused? Should a victim of domestic violence passively endure suffering, or does the gospel […]

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VIDEO—Deidre Green, “Saving Self-Sacrifice”

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Jesus commanded his disciples to “love one another “(John 13:34). How can a Christian disciple fulfill this obligation in cases where they are being threatened or abused? Should a victim of domestic violence passively endure suffering, or does the gospel […]