In BYU Studies issue 1.1, historian Leonard J. Arrington examines one of the trademarks of the Latter-day Saints—the Word of Wisdom. Although the revelation was received in1833, the Church had a fairly tolerant attitude toward its practice until 1861. What caused the change? Arrington surveys the financial climate surrounding the adoption of the Word of Wisdom and suggests an economic explanation.
Another article discusses the consequences of sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing. Marden J. Clark traces this theme through Hawthorne’s novels and short stories and asserts that although Hawthorne explored the depths of this complex issue in his writing, he never truly answers the questions he raises about the wages of sin.
Another piece in this issue, written by Truman G. Madsen, discusses the growing importance of existentialist thought and its relationship to logical empiricism.
Also in this issue are a discussion of John Tullidge, a music critic in pioneer Utah, written by William Wilkes; a piece about the value of modern art by Conan Mathews; and an analysis of Carl Becker’s views of the historian written by R. Kent Fielding.