Journal 48:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 48:2

Volume 48:2 (2009)
This issue of BYU Studies contains articles on a variety of topics. Theologians David L. Paulsen and Clark H. Pinnock discuss the nature of God and the philosophical problems of evil. Since understanding often comes by comparing two things, new insight into the gospel of Jesus Christ comes as readers compare and contrast the two systems of belief discussed in this article. Brian Cannon tells how...Read more

Shaping BYU: The Presidential Administration and Legacy of Benjamin Cluff Jr.

Benjamin Cluff Jr. has been called BYU's third president, but in reality he was the first president of Brigham Young University; his two predecessors presided over Brigham Young Academy, a secondary school that became a degree-conferring university under Cluff's leadership. Cluff raised BYU's academic standards by attending eastern schools and encouraging faculty to do the same. He was not... Read more

Enhancing Evolution: Posthumanous Dreams and the Moral Complexity of Biomedical Aspirations

A noted academic bioethicist and British media pundit with a named chair at the University of Manchester, John Harris has recently given birth to an odd literary child. His latest book, Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People , hails from an esteemed university press, but it is informal and tendentious, often jeering at opponents, both popular and academic. Despite his... Read more

Open and Relational Theology: An Evangelical in Dialogue with a Latter-day Saint

Clark H. Pinnock and David L. Paulsen dialogue about open theism and Latter-day Saint theology, examining the convergences and divergences between the two traditions. Open and Relational Theology: A Latter-day Saint in Dialogue with an Evangelical explores beliefs on divine embodiment, spiritual warfare, deification, omniscience and omnipotence of God, divine feminine, theodicy, creation, and... Read more

Artistry and Aesthetics in Contemporary Mormon and Iranian Film

Almost from their inception, cinematic media and technologies have been accepted and appropriated with surprising enthusiasm by Iranians and Mormons alike. Both cultures appear to have embraced cinema as a natural outgrowth of their lively and longstanding appreciation for art and family-oriented entertainment in general. The author finds that the artistic progress and quality of Mormon cinema as... Read more

Letters on Mormon Polygamy and Progeny: Eliza R. Snow and Martin Luther Holbrook, 1866–1869

Practically I should oppose polygamy of course, believing the one wife system the best," Dr. Martin Luther Holbrook, editor of the New York Herald of Health, wrote to Eliza Roxcy Snow, the well-known Mormon "poetess," in 1869. Nevertheless, Holbrook continued, "unless a cover for vice I have no objection to the experiment being made as you claim to be making it." Read more

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Undoubtedly, Professor Richard Bauckham's most recent contribution will add life to an already thriving scholarly discussion on the historical foundations of the New Testament Gospels, particularly the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Like others who have contributed to this field of study, Bauckham (professor of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland) sets out... Read more

Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry Eyring

Henry Eyring (1901–1981) is undoubtedly the most celebrated scientist produced within the Mormon faith to date. He published over six hundred scientific papers and about a dozen books, and he received almost every prize science has to offer. His theories form the core of modern chemistry. One of his colleagues said, "The contributions of Dr. Henry Eyring touch practically every field of chemical... Read more

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

Many Latter-day Saints are showing an increased sympathy for the writings of Anglican bishop N. T. Wright of Durham, England, and others in the Emerging Church tradition. Such LDS interest derives from the movement's emphasis on returning to basic Christian living modeled in the New Testament and adherents' willingness to back away from those churches that have systematic theologies and a seeming... Read more

Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy, Its Origin, Practice, and Demise. Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier, volume 9

Joining a significant topic with one of its preeminent scholars is a certain formula for an important book. Such is Doing the Works of Abraham by B. Carmon Hardy. Polygamy shaped nineteenth-century Mormonism's relationship with the remainder of the world, and Hardy has written numerous articles and books on the topic, including Solemn Covenant, named Best Book of the Year for 1992 by the Mormon... Read more

Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism's Sacred Bloodline

What do the Virgin Mary, King Arthur, and Joseph Smith have in common? This is one of the questions that Vern Swanson attempts to answer in Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism's Sacred Bloodline. Swanson, who has been director of the Springville Art Museum in Utah since 1980 and who has published extensively in art historical topics, applies his skills to a different body of material in this... Read more

Romancing the Difference: Kenneth Burke, Bob Jones University, and the Rhetoric of Religious Fundamentalism

In February 2000 George W. Bush made an early campaign stop at Bob Jones University, an institution that until that very year had prohibited its students from interracial dating. The school's community had no idea his visit would thrust BJU into the national gaze, making it a scapegoat for public political anxieties. Republicans (like Bush's opponent John McCain), Democrats, and journalists alike... Read more

Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity

Amos Yong's Theology and Down Syndrome represents an ambitious attempt by an Evangelical theologian to come to grips with the conditions and conundrums of disability in a contemporary Christian context. The book's nine chapters and formidable bibliography inquire into cognitive disability of all kinds, not, despite its title, narrowly into Down syndrome alone. Yong writes in the dense idiom of... Read more