Journal 51:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 51:3

Volume 51:3 (2012)
This issue presents articles on a variety of topics. Alan L. Wilkins and David A. Whetten, professors who direct the work of Brigham Young University's Faculty Center, examine BYU's uniqueness in a secular academic world. They compare BYU to eight other major religiously affiliated universities, and although there are similarities, what becomes quickly apparent is just how unique BYU really is...Read more

BYU and Religious Universities in a Secular Academic World

How unique is BYU? This article examines the secularization of American higher education during the early twentieth century, then compares BYU to eight other major religiously affiliated research universities. The comparison reveals that BYU is very different from other universities in both its mission and in the way it views and offers a higher learning experience. Read more

When Was Jesus Born? A Response to a Recent Proposal

When was Jesus born? In response to an article by Jeffrey R. Chadwick published by BYU Studies in 2010, two professors in the BYU Department of Ancient Scripture push the conversation forward and offer a different interpretation of the data. Read more

The LDS Church in Italy: The 1966 Rededication by Elder Ezra Taft Benson

Since the early years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Italy has attracted the attention of Church leaders as a proselyting field. It is the practice of Church leaders to dedicate a land to the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and this article briefly describes the 1850 dedication of Italy by Apostle Lorenzo Snow, followed by a report of a second dedication in 1966 by... Read more

"As a Bird Sings": Hannah Tapfield King, Poetess and Pioneer

Hannah Tapfield King (1807-1886), converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1850 in Cambridge, England, and emigrated with her family to Utah. She was a prolific and popular writer of poetry, essays, and educational pieces for Utah's newspapers, and she had a reputation as a woman of refinement. From her autobiography one can see her complete devotion to the Church. She and... Read more

Engel's Law

Rulon Pope, recipient of the 2012 Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award addressed the university community in a forum address and discussed Engel's Law, which describes the relationship between household wealth and food consumption. Read more

Nauvoo Neighbor: The Latter-day Saint Experience at the Mississippi River, 1843–1845

This excerpt from Susan Easton Black's new book introduces the Mormon newspaper the Nauvoo Neighbor and the significant role it played in Nauvoo between 1843 and 1845. Read more

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity

Readers interested in the ongoing debate over the reliability of the New Testament texts will find this new book to be an excellent contribution to the defense of those texts. Authors Köstenberger and Kruger are both allied personally and professionally with the contemporary movement that defends the inerrancy of scripture. Andreas J. Köstenberger is Professor of New Testament and Greek and... Read more

Still, the Small Voice: Narrative, Personal Revelation, and the Mormon Folk Tradition

Tom Mould is an associate professor of anthropology and folklore at Elon University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is the author of two books on Choctaw narrative: Choctaw Prophecy: A Legacy of the Future (2003) and Choctaw Tales (2004). He has published articles on varied aspects of generic boundaries and constructed identities and has produced video documentaries for public television on... Read more

Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901–1924

Reid L. Neilson, PhD, the managing director of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is well known among LDS Asian and Pacific scholars as a gifted and productive editor and bibliographer. His research and writing on the history of the Church in Japan is informative, enlightening, and enriching. Although the topic of missionary work in Japan has been... Read more

Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education

George Yancey, a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, has focused his research on racial and ethnic bias. His recent books include Interracial Families: Current Concepts and Controversies and Interracial Contact and Social Change. Yancey's newest study in Compromising Scholarship documents the bias of university faculty against members of various groups. Professor Yancey,... Read more

The Death of a Disco Dancer; A Sense of Order and Other Stories; The Scholar of Moab

DAVID CLARK. The Death of a Disco Dancer. Provo, Utah: Zarahemla Books, 2011. JACK HARRELL. A Sense of Order and Other Stories. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2010. STEVEN L. PECK. The Scholar of Moab. Torrey, Utah: Torrey House Press, 2011. As an enthusiastic reader of literary fiction and as someone who is fascinated by Mormon culture, I am always on the lookout for works of literary fiction... Read more

Parallels and Convergences: Mormon Thought and Engineering Vision

The essays contained in this text grew from an initial discussion between Richard L. Bushman and NASA engineer A. Scott Howe, a discussion that delved into the ways theology and engineering converge. That conversation led to a subsequent meeting, which was held at Claremont Graduate University in March 2009. There, LDS engineers from a variety of technical backgrounds representing such fields as... Read more

Within These Prison Walls: Lorenzo Snow's Record Book, 1886–1897

Andrew H. Hedges, historian and editor for the Joseph Smith Papers Project, and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, present in this volume a window to the thoughts and feelings of Lorenzo Snow during a particularly challenging time in his life. This record book contains some of his writings while he was in prison, having been convicted... Read more