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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 […]

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An Other Testament is intense and rewarding (and free for digital subscribers)

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. This guest post by Adam Miller is crossposted at bycommonconsent.com. Miller is currently writing a blog series there on our book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture. The new edition of Joseph Spencer’s An Other Testament: On Typology is the second book to […]

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#42—The rabbis and the rain, with Julia Watts Belser [MIPodcast]

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. [Full transcript of this interview is available HERE.] In the land of Israel, rain falls during a single, crucial, season of the year beginning in October or November and continuing through the spring. Lives depended on successful harvests which depended […]

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Something to ponder on Good Friday

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. J. Kirk Richards, Untitled (Small Crucifixion), oil Today is Good Friday, when […]

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February comes in March: Another volume of “On This Day” now available

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. I am pleased to announce the publication of another volume in our Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. On This Day (translated from the Armenian “Yaysmawurk‘”) is a compilation of stories about venerable Christians saints and martyrs from days gone by. The collection was part […]

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New Maxwell Institute book series encourages theological study of LDS scripture

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. Eight years ago a group of young Latter-day Saint scholars began organizing collaborative in-depth studies of Latter-day Saint scripture. They wanted to bring their academic interests to bear on passages like Alma 32 and 2 Nephi 26–27. Like casting seeds in […]

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#41—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (2 of 2) [MIPodcast]

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here. In the last episode we heard from three editors of a new book of Relief Society documents published by the LDS Church. Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matt Grow talked about the origins of the Relief Society and why its […]