Journal 03:3-4 | BYU Studies

Journal 03:3-4

Volume 3:3-4 (Spring-Summer 1961)
Exploring history, politics, art, and literature, Issue 3.3-4 of BYU Studies embraces a wide range of topics and interests. In this issue, Richard Lloyd Anderson defends Joseph Smith's millenarian pronouncements against critics ready to brand him as a false prophet. By looking at the context of one of Joseph's most famous pronouncements on the subject, Anderson shows that the statement was likely...Read more

America and the Rational Road to Peace

In the midst of the Cold War, Richard Poll asserts that reason can prevent the onset of World War III. In this article, he discusses how countries are more hesitant in starting a conflict because of the high cost of a nuclear war. Poll also describes the four tendencies America has that could encourage another general war: doing too little, doing too much, doing too little and then too much, and... Read more

On Belay

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Religion and Economics in Mormon History

One surprising aspect of Mormon doctrine is its emphasis on temporal prosperity as well as spiritual salvation. Arrington discusses how his was especially true in the early Church. He states that it is uncertain whether the economic bent of Mormon doctrine was due to current economic philosophies or direct revelation, but either way the early history in the Church of gathering and persecution... Read more


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The Impact of Applied Science Upon the Utopian Ideal

The author examines the changing attitudes toward applied science by looking at three Utopian works: Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516), Sir Francis Bacon's New Atlantis (1626), and Jonathan Swift's Voyage to Laputa (1727). While More focuses on improving man, Bacon focuses on improving things. Swift shows the problem inherent in Bacon's emphasis on applied science by creating a satire in which... Read more

James Joyce at 71, Rue Du Cardinal Lemoine

In this article, Hall discusses the life events of James Joyce during the summer of 1920. Ezra Pound convinced Joyce to move back to Paris in order to complete his writings. During this time period, Joyce worked tirelessly on his Ulysses. It was while Joyce lived there that he began experiencing "eye attacks" and other health difficulties, which made completing his work much more challenging. He... Read more

The Climate of Singing

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Mormon Bibliography 1960

Ralph Hansen, Mormon Bibliography, 3:3-4. The 1960 Mormon Bibliography was compiled by Ralph Hansen, the first archivist of the BYU University Archives. In its three and a half pages, it includes items ranging from a dissertation to mass-market books by general authorities to town and personal histories. Probably the most enduring items from the 1960 bibliography are Joseph Fielding Smith's... Read more

Joseph Smith and the Millenarian Time Table

Critics have used Joseph Smith's statements about the eminent return of the Messiah as evidence that he was a false prophet. Joseph's 1835 statement that "fifty-six years should wind up the scene" has fallen under considerable criticism. By examining the context of this statement, the author asserts that it was not a divinely revealed pronouncement but an opinion or an interpretation of a... Read more

The Demands of Aesthetics Upon Religious Art

Art has the ability to communicate sacredness that few other methods of expression can duplicate. The author asserts that without art, religion would be inarticulate and that it is natural that many of the world's greatest works of art are religious. However, religious themes don't always translate into good art, and good art isn't always religious. Art and religion should not be confused, but... Read more

The Articles of Faith—Composer's Commentary

The author and composer Merrill Bradshaw explains some of the choices he made in setting "The Articles of Faith" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to music. He shares the impetus behind and the symbolism within this five-movement piece for a cappella voices. Read more

Frontier 1961

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Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night: The Idea as Morality

Stevens discusses in this article how Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night exposes the conflict between ideas and morality. He states that problems result when a person's actions are driven solely by intellect. Stevens illustrates how the three main characters in the novel (Dick, Nicole, and Rosemary) personify three American views of knowledge. The themes Fitzgerald portrays through these characters... Read more

Special Feature: Letter to Thomas E. Cheney

Dr. Austin Fife responds to a critique of his Mormon folk song collection. The analysis by Thomas E. Cheney appeared in BYU Studies 3.1. The Austin Fife collection of folk song recordings is in the Library of Congress. Read more

Volume 3 Index

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