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Education Week Special

Volume 56:2 (2017)
August 21, 2018
Education Week Special
Gregory S. Dundas -- Class Tuesday
Author BYU Studies Staff,

Gregory S. Dundas will present on his article Kingship, Democracy, War, and the Message of the Book of Mormon.

His article offers a detailed reading of governmental forms in the Book of Mormon in the context of other ancient civilizations. He makes the case that democracy was almost unknown in the ancient world and that nearly all people assumed that kingship was the best form of government. This makes King Mosiah's decision to implement a form of democracy (elected judges) among the Nephites a significant aberration. Dundas also argues convincingly that, contrary to what moderns might assume, this early form of democracy did not fare very well. As soon as the system of judges was in place, significant and repeated challenges to it arose and eventually resulted in the collapse of this particular form of government.

The class will be on Tuesday, 9:50 to 10:45 a.m., 377 Clyde Building (CB). If you're not at Education Week, you can read along with us!