October 8, Lecture: Chris Thomas, “Pentecostals Meet the Book of Mormon”

10.01.2015 | The Maxwell Institute


John Christopher Thomas

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest-growing Christian faiths in the world today. How might the Book of Mormon be viewed within that context? Professor John Christopher Thomas is coming back to Brigham Young University to talk about the Book of Mormon’s reception among—and relevance to—Pentecostals past and present. Thomas’s lecture will consist of three parts. First, he will examine Pentecostal forerunners (leaders and laity) who had personal or theological contact with the Book of Mormon and Mormonism in general. Second, he’ll survey attitudes and assessments of the scripture in early Pentecostal periodical literature. Finally, he will compare aspects of Pentecostal and Book of Mormon theology. The Maxwell Institute’s Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies examines the Book of Mormon in each of its contexts—from the ancient through the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. It continues to benefit from the insights of interested readers within and beyond the LDS tradition. We hope to see you there! For those who cannot attend in person, a recording of the lecture may appear on our YouTube channel, where you can find his previous lecture, “A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon.”


Thursday, October 8 12:00 PM–1:00 PM 


Brigham Young University Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB) Room B192


John Christopher Thomas (PhD, University of Sheffield) is the Clarence J. Abbott Professor of Biblical Studies at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN, and the Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Bangor University, in Bangor, Wales. Professor Thomas is an elected member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and author of numerous scholarly articles and eight books. He and his spouse, Barbara, have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Thomas-Poster