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Sharing the richness of the Book of Mormon at the Mormon Theology Seminar

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. In this guest post Joseph Spencer, co-director of the Mormon Theology Seminar, kicks off a series of blog posts from the 2016 Seminar participants. The 2016 Mormon Theology Seminar participants at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. The Mormon […]

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MIPodcast #50—The Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, 2015

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. In some ways it’s been a lonelier than usual summer at the Maxwell Institute. Since it was founded in 2006 we’ve had the privilege of hosting the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, a remarkable research opportunity that is somewhat legendary for […]

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Debts

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. “From the Director’s Desk,” where Spencer Fluhman discusses the Institute’s direction and ongoing work. Follow him on Twitter @spencerfluhman. I recently paid off my student loan balance from graduate school—exactly ten years since receiving the PhD. That’s a cautionary tale for prospective […]

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With gratitude, in memoriam of Linda Hunter Adams

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. One of the last things I heard Linda Adams say was “I just love the smell of a freshly printed book!” It was a little over a month ago when I delivered a copy of the book she’d recently co-edited for […]

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Julie M. Smith introduces Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21–22

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. This guest post is from the volume’s editor, Julie M. Smith. Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21–22 is now available in print and digital formats. Digital subscribers to the Maxwell Institute can access the entire book online here.  In what would become […]

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Now you can watch the Bushman colloquium online

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. “From the Director’s Desk,” where Spencer Fluhman discusses the Institute’s direction and ongoing work. Follow him on Twitter @spencerfluhman. I’m very pleased to announce that videos of last month’s Mormonism in the Academy scholars’ colloquium are available on the Maxwell Institute’s website and YouTube channel. […]

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MIPodcast #49—The unexpected life of Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion,” with Bruce Gordon

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. When the Protestant Reformer John Calvin published his book Institutes of the Christian Religion in the 1500s, he couldn’t have anticipated the incredibly different purposes his book would come to serve long after he died and was buried somewhere in an unmarked […]

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“How can I be Christian if it doesn’t have any impact on what’s going to happen for African Americans?” (MIPodcast Moments)

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. An excerpt from the full transcript of Julius H. Bailey’s MIPodcast interview, available to read HERE, or to listen to HERE. BLAIR HODGES: That takes us to the topic of black theology. In your book Down In the Valley you talk little bit about James […]

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Oh say, what is doubt?

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. This guest post is from Patrick Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Mason is the author of Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt and editor of the new collection Directions for Mormon Studies […]

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MIPodcast #48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. What do you know about African American religious history? Julius H. Bailey joins us in this episode to talk about his new overview, Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American History. Bailey’s book operates on a few different levels. […]

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When the head and heart are divided

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Robert A. Rees is a visiting professor of religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He announces today’s release of Thomas F. Rogers’s Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand, a spiritually and intellectually stimulating collection of essays, articles, letters, poetry, and art […]

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Thanks for helping us feel less alone, Mormon History Association

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. It’s been sixteen years since Thomas F. Rogers reviewed Donna Hill’s biography of Joseph Smith, reflecting on the tendency to treat LDS history with great caution. Rogers wrote before the days of Richard Bushman’s Rough Stone Rolling and the Joseph Smith Papers Project. […]

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MIPodcast #47—The spiritual lives of America’s “Nones,” with Elizabeth Drescher

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. If you surveyed Americans, asking them to identify themselves as: A) Catholic B) Muslim C) Evangelical D) Mormon …and so on, an increasing number will select the very last option—none of the above. Study after study has shown a steady […]

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MIPodcast #46—Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. The New York Times Review of Books says Marilynne Robinson “is not like any other writer. She has created a small, rich, and fearless body of work in which religion exists unashamedly, as does doubt, unashamedly.” Robinson is perhaps best […]

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“From the Director’s Desk”—Gearing up for the Bushman colloquium

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. “From the Director’s Desk” is an occasional column where Spencer Fluhman discusses the Institute’s direction and ongoing work. Follow him on Twitter @spencerfluhman. Well over a year ago, my predecessor at the Institute, Jerry Bradford, casually tossed out the idea of compiling […]

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Different metaphors and images for God (MIPodcast Moments)

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. An excerpt from the full transcript of the MIPodcast interview with Lauren F. Winner, now available HERE. Lauren F. Winner BLAIR HODGES: And there are few images or roles for God that I think are pretty widely held by Christians—things like […]

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MIPodcast #45— “How (Not) to Be Secular,” with James K. A. Smith

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2016 many people find it more difficult to believe than not? This is the question that Charles Taylor tackles in his massive […]

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BYU names Spencer Fluhman as Maxwell Institute executive director

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. For immediate release. From Y News. J. Spencer Fluhman President Kevin J Worthen has announced the appointment of J. Spencer Fluhman as executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Professor Fluhman’s selection comes after a national […]

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MIPodcast #44—Kate Bowler’s history of the prosperity gospel movement

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Even if you’ve never heard of a Christian movement scholars call “the prosperity gospel,” chances are you know some of its most famous proponents, like Joel Osteen or Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. “The prosperity gospel” is not officially associated with […]

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2015 Annual Report

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. During 2015 Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship continued to make significant contributions in the broad field of religious studies and in the emerging area of Mormon studies. In doing so, it furthered its mission of […]

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Now available—Journal of Book of Mormon Studies vol. 25

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Volume 25 of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies observes two significant milestones in Book of Mormon studies. First, we celebrate the Journal‘s own twenty-fifth anniversary with a retrospective that reviews past and present editorships. We also included a “prospective,” looking ahead to the […]

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Rabbis who taught “you can’t actually judge by looking” (MIPodcast Moments)

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. For those who don’t have time to listen to hour-long episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast we bring you “MIPodcast Moments”—transcribed excerpts of interesting extracts for your quick consideration. We also want to provide greater access to the Maxwell Institute Podcast […]

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Celebrating 25 years of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. The Journal of Book of Mormon Studies turns 25 years old this year and the editors want to celebrate. They’ve put together a special anniversary issue that includes a look at the Journal‘s history and a prospective essay looking to the future. What’s more, […]

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MIPodcast #43—The life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, with George Marsden

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis died in 1963 on the same day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Before the decade was over, few expected his works to last. “We think Lewis’ star has risen and is about to set,” said one Catholic […]