Miranda Wilcox has been named co-editor of the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith series—books which present the voice of scholars who have cultivated believing hearts while engaged in the disciplines of the academy. The titles have been the Institute’s best selling publications since the series began in 2014 with Adam Miller’s Letters to a Young Mormon.
Spencer Fluhman, executive director of the Maxwell Institute, said Wilcox’s appointment underscores the increasing vitality of the book series. “Professor Wilcox is a gifted teacher and scholar; perfectly suited for the needs of our Living Faith books,” Fluhman said. “She’s got a razor-sharp mind and a believer’s heart. We’re excited to benefit from her expertise and wisdom.”
Wilcox is a professor in Brigham Young University’s department of English. She joins the Institute’s Morgan Davis as co-editor, replacing Tona Hangen (Worcester State University) this month upon completion of her term. “Tona Hangen’s wisdom and critical eye have been invaluable to Living Faith,” Davis said. “She has a remarkable ability to see to the heart of what someone is saying in their writing and to evaluate it with honesty and charity. The fruits of her labors will be seen in the next several books—forthcoming this year and next—books which are all the stronger because of her gifts.”
Wilcox has long been a champion of the Living Faith series, hosting faculty reading groups, student seminars, and serving on the Institute’s publications advisory board. “I love Living Faith books,” Wilcox said. “They collectively and individually expand the horizons of my journey of faith. They enrich discussions with friends, students, colleagues, and family members. I’m delighted to join Morgan Davis as co-editor.”
Hangen expressed gratitude for the ongoing contributions the Living Faith series makes to Latter-day Saint thought. “I’ve appreciated being part of the remarkable team that crafts the Living Faith series,” Hangen said, “which uniquely bridges faith and scholarly perspectives with its lively, accessible, and thoughtful books that reflect the best of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ evolving faith tradition.”
Learn more about Living Faith books at mi.byu.edu/livingfaith.