The 2015 Mormon Theology Seminar recently wrapped up in New York City (see here). We asked seminar participants to reflect on their experiences, offering a glimpse at what the Seminar’s all about. This post features Kim Berkey, who currently studies philosophy of religion at Harvard Divinity School. Posts from other seminar participants will follow.—BHodges What makes […]Read More
Gerald E. Smith’s Schooling the Prophet is available for purchase today (paperback $19.95, ebook $9.99). In this guest post, Smith talks about how he came to write the latest book from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.—BHodges Earlier this year I was chatting over the fence with our neighbor and former mayor of our town, and mentioned […]Read More
I’m delighted to announce the names of this year’s Nibley Fellowship recipients. Once again, we received a great number of impressive applications. These recipients stand out for their excellence and promise. We congratulate each one of them. […]Read More
I’m very excited to announce that the next title in the Maxwell Institute’s “Living Faith” book series will be released on October 27. You can pre-order it on Amazon today. It’s Steven L. Peck’s Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist. Believers and scientists have long wrestled over the relationship between science and faith. Peck, […]Read More
The 2015 Mormon Theology Seminar recently wrapped up in New York City (see here). We asked seminar participants to reflect on their experiences, offering a glimpse at what the Seminar’s all about. This post features Jenny Webb, who holds a degree in comparative literature and works as an editor. Posts from other seminar participants will follow.—BHodges The question […]Read More
What is a “family”? This question was the focus of the 2014 Neal A. Maxwell Lecture featuring James E. Faulconer. The entire lecture (with a few technical glitches) is now available on our YouTube channel. According to Faulconer, for hundreds of years people have tried to understand the concept of family in individualistic terms: singular people joining together […]Read More
In June, I had the privilege of spending many hours a day studying and talking about a single chapter of the Book of Mormon. Every day for two weeks, eight scholars researched and wrote five-page papers about a few verses of Jacob 7, this summer’s chosen text. Then we gathered for four or five hours to read our papers aloud and talk about them.
It was absolutely exhilarating,[…]Read More
Terryl and Fiona Givens joined me back in July of 2013 for the first episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, and it seems fitting that they’re back on the nice round number of episode 30.
Here we talk about their latest book The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith. One of the fundamental […]
The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob lived through difficult times. Jacob was born on the road as his family traveled through an unforgiving desert wasteland. He was raised in a contentious family divided over the meaning of their circumstances, wounded by the experience of seeing his aged parents veer close to death while he was still young, elevated to a level of heavy priestly responsibility once he came of age, […]Read More
This guest post is brought to you by BYU Associate Academic Vice President Alan Harker, who is chairing the search committee for the Maxwell Institute’s next executive director. —BHodges The mission of the Neal A. Maxwell Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship is “to deepen understanding and nurture discipleship among Latter-day Saints and to promote mutual respect and goodwill among […]Read More