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01.20.2022 | The Maxwell Institute

Abide: Genesis 5; Moses 6

A lot of time passes in Genesis 5. We see fathers and sons’ names and their ages when sons were sired. They lived a lot longer than we do now! In Moses 5 we receive far more detail about post-Eden life but without the connections to genealogy beyond Adam, Abel, Cain, and Lamech.  What are […]

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01.18.2022 | The Maxwell Institute

Maxwell Institute Podcast #135: The Stuff of Discipleship, with Jennifer Reeder

Please enjoy Dr. Jennifer Reeder’s 2021 Neal A. Maxwell Lecture! You can watch the address, with Dr. Reeder’s slides, at

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01.13.2022 | The Maxwell Institute

Abide: Genesis 3–4 and Moses 4–5

“Adam fell that men might be. And men are that they might have joy.” Lehi’s declaration in 2 Nephi 2 is transformative in Latter-day Saint theology, transforming an event portrayed often in negative terms throughout Abrahamic faiths into something fulfilling and meaningful.  That isn’t the only way that Latter-day Saints understand the Fall differently than […]

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Spencer Fluhman

Executive Director

Spencer Fluhman is the executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He is also associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American religious history. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Catherine Gines Taylor

Postdoctoral Fellow

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