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Philip Barlow on mind and spirit (Maxwell Fellow Spotlight)

20 Jan Read
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From Blair Hodges

While Philip Barlow acknowledges strains of anti-intellectualism throughout the history of the Latter-day Saint movement, he also makes this arresting conclusion: “A true ‘Mormon anti-intellectual’ is a contradiction in terms.”1 Barlow’s essay in The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism notes how Joseph Smith’s revelations identify God’s glory as intelligence, how they call upon humanity to improve not only morally, […]

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MIPodcast #58—Some challenges of religious studies, with Thomas Tweed

17 Jan Read
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From Blair Hodges

People are usually more comfortable talking about their strengths rather than their weaknesses. It’s human nature. The same can be said about religious studies. When scholars talk about it, you can expect them to emphasize the positive. But like many academic fields, religious studies also faces challenges. Some come from the outside—say, when schools and […]

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“I loved reading the histories of powerful women” (Nibley Fellow Reflections)

13 Jan Read
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In this guest post, Courtney Lyn Jensen Peacock discusses her research on the way religion shapes our understanding of gender roles. She is one of the Maxwell Institute’s Nibley Fellowship award recipients. See other recent “Nibley Fellow Reflections” here. As a young girl, I loved reading the histories of powerful women, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, who found ways […]

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