Journal 15:1 | BYU Studies

Journal 15:1

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Beyond Politics

Politics, as practiced on earth, belongs to the ways of men; it is the essential activity of the city—the city of man, not the City of God. As used by the Greek writers, the polis is "the community or body of citizens," that is, a body of citizens not taking orders from anyone else. Politeia is "a wellordered government, a commonwealth." Politics, ta politika, is concern for the social order,... Read more

Liberating Form

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Two Poems by Jean S. Marshall

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The Fraudulent Archko Volume

Would you like the views of Mary and Joseph about Jesus? An interview with the shepherds on the miracles at his birth? Reports of his last hours from Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Caiaphas? All these and more are promised to those who take the Archko Volume seriously. No scholar does; witness its quick dismissal by the apocrypha expert, M. R. James, who called it a "ridiculous and disgusting... Read more

Christmas Snows, Christmas Winds

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Are Christians Mormon?

For a hundred and fifty years the question has been repeatedly asked worldwide, "Are Mormons Christian?" We have struggled through the semantic tangles to answer that with an unqualified "yes." In his heart every Mormon knows that this question is much like asking, "Is Hamlet Shakespearian?" It might be said, "After all, Hamlet is a manifestation of Shakespeare. In fact, Hamlet is Shakespeare."... Read more

A Computer Analysis of the Isaiah Authorship Problem

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He Bore Our Anguish

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To My Father

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"Is Not This of God?": An 1847 Proposal for Mormon Settlement

On September 30, 1847, Charles Root Dana, who had been sent on a fund raising mission to the East by Brigham Young, got off the train in Washington, D.C. For the next month he worked diligently in the capital city to enlist support for his fellow Mormons, asking for "Liberal donations commensurate with the suffering circumstances of an afflicted and oppressed people." If the Washington campaign... Read more

"In Order to Be in Fashion I Am Called on a Mission": Wilford Woodruff's Parting Letter to Emma as He Joins the "Underground"

Rummaging through the contents of a rarely disturbed old trunk in her basement, Maxine G. Daynes of the Salt Lake Monument Park First Ward picked up a framed family photograph. Thinking that the gold frame might serve a better purpose, she emptied its contents. When the cardboard backing was removed from the photograph, out fell a neatly folded piece of old paper. Opening it and quickly scanning... Read more

Wilford Woodruff, Sportsman

Latter-day Saints are well acquainted with Wilford Woodruff as a missionary, apostle, and as President of the Church. Seldom are they aware of another side of his nature: the avid sportsman. In a letter in an important letterbook recently donated to the Church Archives, however, Wilford Woodruff writes of his long interest in hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. While the letter says little... Read more

A Note on Reviewing Books

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The Rummage Sale

The opening line of "The Pines," the final selection in Don Marshall's anthology of short stories called The Rummage Sale, begins with this question: "Are you really going to let him take you back to Utah?" The question is asked of Lida Burrows, whose second husband, Verdell, wants her to return with him to Utah, where they both grew up. But in a larger sense, the question applies to every reader... Read more

Nauvoo: The City of Joseph

Mormon Nauvoo is an easily defined subject. It begins in 1839, ends seven years later, and incorporates such essentials as the move to Illinois, city and temple building, the Nauvoo Legion, political stresses, and the death of Joseph Smith. The Millers' attractively printed narrative history recites all the generally known facts. In addition, it supplies newer information on land purchases and... Read more

Charles Shumway, A Pioneer's Life

Mormon biography has typically been a small province bordered on three sides by family pride, and on the fourth by misspelled words, to paraphrase Guedalla. Kenneth Godfrey breaks out of this province on his excellent study, Charles Shumway: A Pioneer's Life. The pioneer patriarchs often seem to have been selected by destiny for greatness. The long trek across half a continent and half a century... Read more