VIDEO—George Handley, “Humanities and Belief”

07.18.2019 | The Maxwell Institute

George B. Handley’s Living Faith lecture is now available to watch online: “Humanities and Belief: Reflections on the Call to Faithful Scholarship


Humans are created in the image of God. Therefore, the Humanities—literature, history, philosophy, art, and more—provide us chances to learn more about God’s image as we learn more about each other. In this special lecture, Brigham Young University’s George B. Handley will discuss the challenges and rewards the Humanities present for religious faith. How can we be faithful to the multifaceted dimensions of truth while also being truthful to the multifaceted dimensions of faith? How can we better invite Christ into our lives as students and teachers?

LIVING FAITH lectures are for all who cherish the life of the mind and the things of the spirit. This lecture series promotes scholars who cultivate a believing heart while engaged in the disciplines of the academy.

About George Handley

George Handley is author of If Truth Were a Child, the latest book in the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith series. He teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as the associate director of the Faculty Center. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MA and PhD in comparative literature at UC Berkeley. His scholarly publications and creative writing focus on the intersection between religion, literature, and the environment. His most recent books include the memoir Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River, a collection of essays entitled Learning to Like Life: A Tribute to Lowell Bennion, and the novel American Fork.