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Stephen H. Webb (1961–2016): Universal Scholar and Personal Friend
January 9, 2017
Article of the Week
Stephen H. Webb (1961–2016): Universal Scholar and Personal Friend
Alonzo L. Gaskill

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Alonzo L. Gaskill which was published in our newest issue, 55:4 To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

For many Latter-day Saints, their first awareness of the Roman Catholic scholar Stephen H. Webb came through his 2012 First Things article, titled "Mormonism Obsessed with Christ." In that piece—which surprised Latter-day Saints and non-Latter-day Saints alike—Webb pointed out that "what gives Christianity its identity is its commitment to the divinity of Jesus Christ. And on that ground Mormons are more Christian than many mainstream Christians. . . . Mormonism is obsessed with Christ, and everything that it teaches is meant to awaken, encourage, and expand faith in him." Within a week of that article's publication, my inbox was flooded with emails from friends and acquaintances asking me things like "Have you seen this?!" or "What do you know about Steve Webb?" and "Wow! I love this guy! He gets us!"

In rapid succession, Steve published several books and other materials of considerable interest to Latter-day Saints, and he spoke twice on campus at Brigham Young University. A chapter from his Oxford book Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter was published in BYU Studies in 2011, under the title "Godbodied: The Matter of the Latter-day Saints." In 2012, he delivered the Truman G. Madsen Lecture on Eternal Man for the Wheatley Institution, and in 2014 he was a keynote speaker at the annual BYU New Testament Commentary conference on S. Kent Brown's The Testimony of Luke.