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 […]Read More
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
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 Seminar co-director Adam Miller, professor of philosophy at Collin College and author of Letters to a Young Mormon. Posts from Seminar co-director […]Read More
Coming this September: Schooling the Prophet: How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration, by Gerald E. Smith
According to author Gerald E. Smith, Joseph Smith wasn’t merely the Book of Mormon’s prophetic translator; he was also a student of the sacred record. This September the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship is releasing our latest title: Schooling the Prophet: How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration. This book offers evidence […]Read More
Paul’s New Testament letter to the Romans is one of the most important Christian writings ever recorded. The passage of time has obscured the letter’s original context, not to mention the language it’s been rendered in—from its original Greek to archaic King James English. It can be difficult for readers today to appreciate the logic […]Read More
Full program schedule for the 2015 Summer Seminar symposium: “Organizing the Kingdom: Priesthood, Church Government, and the Forms of LDS Worship”Read More
Amy-Jill Levine is a Jewish scholar with a deep love for the New Testament. Her latest book is a detailed, scholarly, and witty investigation of some of Jesus’s parables. It’s called Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Levine exposes ways the parables have been misinterpreted from the past to the present and shows that they are as relevant today as they were when they were recorded centuries ago.Read More