Stephen H. Webb (1961–2016): Universal Scholar and Personal Friend

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Stephen H. Webb (1961–2016): Universal Scholar and Personal Friend

Author Alonzo L. Gaskill

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.” 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 on 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.”

The story of Steve's lifelong spiritual journey is too complex and lengthy to tell here. But, suffice it to say, he was a man who surveyed the landscape—and who thought deeply about the teachings of many traditions.