In this issue of BYU Studies, Bruce A. Chadwick and others present "A Survey of Dating and Marriage at BYU." In 2002, the authors conducted an extensive survey asking BYU undergraduates about their attitudes and practices in "hanging out," dating, and deciding to marry. The results provide evidence that BYU students do in fact act quite differently from their counterparts at other American universities, making BYU unique. Here find data about the surprising frequency of hanging out and dating and how BYU students overwhelmingly keep the law of chastity.
Also included in this issue, Julie K. Allen and David L. Paulsen present "The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard's 'About and Against Mormonism' (1855)." This document publishes for the first time in English a polemical tract written by the brother of the famous philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. While most clergy mocked or slandered Mormonism in its early years, it is interesting to see that some engaged it seriously, even if not completely respectfully. Peter Christian argues against Mormonism, as he saw early LDS missionaries come to Denmark and convert many of his parishioners. A Mormon reply to the tract's points of doctrine is made in footnotes. An excellent introduction provides history and context of the tract.
A fascinating article by Max H Parkin examines the United Firm, a business Joseph Smith established to oversee Church properties and commercial interests in Ohio and Missouri. Parkin's article also addresses misunderstandings that have persisted in the Church because of pseudonyms that were inserted into certain sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, particularly section 104, which disbanded the United Firm and distributed its properties.
Contents — Volume 46 Number 3 (2007)
"Joseph Smith and the United Firm: The Growth and Decline of the Church's First Master Plan of Business and Finance, Ohio and Missouri, 1832–1834"
Max H Parkin
"A Survey of Dating and Marriage at BYU"
Bruce A. Chadwick, Brent L. Top, Richard J. McClendon, Lauren Smith, and Mindy Judd
"The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard's 'About and Against Mormonism' (1855)"
Julie K. Allen and David L. Paulsen
"O Lord, My God"
"Old Folsom Prison—East Gate"
James M. Thorne
Review of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham
Reviewed by Neal W. Kramer
Review of Define Universe and Give Two Examples: A Comparison of Scientific and Christian Belief by Barton E. Dahneke
Reviewed by Noel L. Owen
Review of "God Has Made Us a Kingdom": James Strang and the Midwest Mormons by Vickie Cleverley Speek
Reviewed by Roger Terry
Review of The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle by Kathleen Flake
Reviewed by Todd M. Kerstetter
Review of Religion and Film: An Introduction by Melanie J. Wright
Reviewed by Kent R. Bean
Review of The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity by Philip Jenkins
Reviewed by Mark L. Grover
Review of Prayer: A History by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
Reviewed by Patrick Q. Mason
Review of The American Discovery of Europe by Jack D. Forbes
Reviewed by John L. Sorenson