This issue of BYU Studies Quarterly proudly leads off with the 2015 Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture by political science professor David Magleby. I am confident that all current readers will enjoy and benefit from the timely insights that this speech offers regard-ing the persistent pressures on political parties to justify their existence and to seek opportunities for mutually beneficial accommodations and compromises.
Magley’s Maeser Lecture stands in an illustrious tradition now reaching back over half a century at Brigham Young University. Fifty years ago, the second Maeser Lecture was given by Professor Hugh W. Nibley on March 17, 1965, when I was a freshman at BYU. Like many of these annual faculty lectures, Nibley’s was promptly published in BYU Studies, entitled “The Expanding Gospel.” Its opening lines read, “The expression ‘expanding Gospel’ is not a contradiction of terms.” While “no man may add to the scriptures, . . . that imposes no restriction on God.” “Where has God imposed any limits on His own prerogative of imparting His word to man?” (vol. 7, no. 1, p. 3; emphasis in original). For twenty-five pages, Nibley then goes on to show how the revealed details in the plan of salvation known distinctively to Latter-day Saints can be found by careful analysis of dozens of ancient sources that “follow along familiar grooves to the end and then continue onward into new territory” (4). Although these ancient sources are often only “shattered remnants of a forgotten structure,” behind them stands “a solid reality” (26–27). In many ways, Nibley’s quest for further light and knowledge has been the guiding hermeneutic of BYU Studies, in search of those solid realities, as this current issue attests.