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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
When it comes to scripture study, perhaps one of the best and most surprising pieces of advice I can offer is: slow down! Of course, the advice isn’t original to me. LDS philosopher James E. Faulconer was the first person I can recall who told me to take my time. In his great book Scripture […]Read More
One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly is the latest book in the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith series. In this episode, author Ashley Mae Hoiland joins Blair Hodges, co-editor of the series, to talk about the revelatory nature of writing.
The book is for restless souls who […]Read More