Revelation, Reason, and Faith

Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen

Stephen D. Ricks

The distinguished career of Truman G. Madsen has earned him wide respect in and outside of LDS circles as an outstanding teacher, scholar, researcher, speaker, university administrator, church leader, and religious ambassador. With the publication of Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen, the Institute pays tribute to this remarkable man whose many accomplishments include helping to advance Book of Mormon scholarship and related interests of the Institute.

Edited by Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, and Stephen D. Ricks (each of whom also author a chapter), the 800-plus-page volume contains contributions by 31 scholars, 10 of who are not Latter-day Saints, reflecting the wide appeal of Madsen’s academic work and influence. The book is organized into five sections: “Philosophy and Theology,” “LDS Scripture and Theology,” “Joseph Smith and LDS Church History,” “Judaism,” and “The Temple.”

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About the Editor

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

About the Author

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Truman Madsen, On His Education
  • Truman Madsen, Valued Teacher
  • William James on Religion and God: An Introduction to The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • Jesus Research and the Appearance of Psychobiography
  • Room to Talk: Reason's Need for Faith
  • The Mind's Road to Fulfillment, Self-Realization, and Experiential Knowledge: Some Tagorean Views
  • The Utility of Faith Reconsidered
  • The Spirituality of Love: Kierkegaard on Faith's Transforming Power
  • "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee": Understanding the Christ of the Restoration and the Reformation
  • Sin, Suffering, and Soul-Making: Joseph Smith on the Problem of Evil
  • On the Motif of the Weeping God in Moses 7
  • Ancient Views of Creation and the Doctrine of Creation ex Nihilo
  • Genesis 15 in Light of the Restoration
  • Joseph Smith Vindicated Again: Enoch, Moses &:48, and Apocryphal Sources
  • The Higher and Lesser Laws
  • Mormon Catechisms
  • The Theology of Councils
  • The Refractory Abner Cole
  • The Martyrdom: Joseph and Hyrum Smith as Testators
  • Placing the Keystone: George Q. Cannon's Mission of Translating and Printing the Book of Mormon in the Hawaiian Language
  • The Mystical Denial of Language
  • The Book of Job as a Biblical "Guide of the Perplexed"
  • Salvation and Redemption in the Judaic Tradition
  • A Simḥat Torah Practice and the Ephraimite Tradition
  • The Temple in Luke and Acts
  • The Dome of the Rock
  • Fundamentals of Temple Ideology from Eastern Traditions
  • "His Hand Is Stretched Out Still": The Lord's Eternal Covenant of Mercy
  • Rationales Are Theology in the Holiness Code
  • "Who Shall Ascend into the Mountain of the Lord?": Three Biblical Temple Entrance Hymns
  • Temple and Temples: Some Linguistic Reflections
  • Works by Truman G. Madsen
  • Contributors
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Publication Information

  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893718
  • Page Count: 864
  • Price: $ 39.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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