Expressions of Faith

Testimonies of Latter-day Saint Scholars


The news media often characterizes some detractors of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as “Mormon intellectuals” and presents them to the public as the thinking Mormons who know the inside story of the church. In this rush to produce controversial news, an obvious truth has been overlooked—that the LDS intellectual and academic communities are composed of strong believers in the Prophet Joseph Smith’s revelations and solid supporters of LDS Church leadership. Only at the fringes is there noticeable dissent.

Readers of Expressions of Faith will discover a marvelous, uncoached unity in these testimonies of LDS scholars. Although most of the 24 contributors are persons of substantial learning, none base their beliefs in scholarly insights. Rather, all point to an inner conviction that has come through life experience and God’s gift. As they explain, these testimonies enlighten their entire lives, including their scholarly endeavors. None feel conflict between the canons of scholarship and religious belief, but rather find the two mutually reinforcing and even necessary.

This unique book aims to strengthen people’s faith by precept and example as they pursue their own efforts to know the Lord and to understand his love and dealings with humankind.

About the Author

Susan Easton Black

(Ed.D. in Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University) is Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. She also served as associate dean of General Education and Honors.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Life and Testimony of an Academic Clinical Psychologist
  • A Legacy of Faith
  • Of Convictions and Commitments
  • Man against Darkness
  • "Human Life Divided by Reason Leaves a Remainder"
  • Revelation and Reason: A Productive Harmony
  • The Social Dimensions of Rationality
  • Diligence and Grace
  • Study and the Prayer of Faith
  • Knowledge by Faith
  • From the Cradle of Creation: The Beliefs of a Young Botanist
  • A Testimony of the Plan of Progression and Eternal Life
  • The Unity and the Power of Scripture: An Experience
  • "Shall We Not Go On in So Great a Cause"
  • Not to Worry
  • Christian Ethics in Joseph Smith Biography
  • Fides quaerens Intellectum: The Scholar as Disciple
  • Questions, but No Doubts
  • Unlocking the Sacred Text
  • Not Merely an Ancient Book
  • The Book of Mormon: Integrity and Internal Consistency
  • Questions Answered: My Study and Teaching of American Literature and the Book of Mormon
  • Good and True
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Publication Information

  • Publication Year: 1996
  • Language: English,
  • Page Count: 272
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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The views expressed here and in Maxwell Institute publications are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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