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David Grandy leads off BYU Studies Quarterly 53, no. 4, finding spiritual meaning in the physical properties of light. Next, he teams with Barry Bickmore on an article about what "science" really means and how seeing science as telling "stories" is useful…
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David Grandy leads off BYU Studies Quarterly 53, no. 4, finding spiritual meaning in the physical properties of light. Next, he teams with Barry Bickmore on an article about what "science" really means and how seeing science as telling "stories" is useful in explaining what we observe in the natural world. Joseph Spencer analyzes Ralph Hancock's book The Responsibility of Reason,...
BYU Studies Quarterly 53.3 presents articles that will appeal to a wide audience.
Jack Harrell, an author of short stories and other fiction, describes his search for a Mormon literary theory, finding in Mormon literature a foundation of meaning and ethics that may belong in the post-postmodern movement.
Cheryl Preston writes that Church structure is, in many ways, less hierarchical than...
In BYU Studies Quarterly 53.2, Robert L. Millet suggests that Evangelicals may place an excessive stress on grace, to the point that they emphasize forgiveness but neglect repentance. By contrast, he chides the Mormons for overstating their own role in salvation.
Leading off this issue are three articles from a conference on Enoch and the temple that was cosponsored by BYU Studies in February 2013 at Utah State University and BYU. George Nickelsburg, a world-renowned biblical scholar, identifies much temple content in the book of 1 Enoch: Enoch's commissioning and ascension into the heavenly sanctuary.
BYU Studies Quarterly presents Galen Fletcher's work on Ernest Wilkinson's crucial role in founding the BYU Law School in 1970. Then, Craig Harline shows how studying really old history provides us insight about change, including change that people once believed could never happen.
In this issue, Ronald Bartholomew explains how the wording of Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 developed. Then, J. Michael Pinegar tells how financial markets work, using certification and signaling. Scott Esplin explores Joseph F. Smith's role in reshaping the organization of Church education. Bill Hartley zeroes in on 1852 as the busiest year on the Mormon Trail. John Bennion shows how he teaches students to write...
In this issue, Richard Bennett explores why Wilford Woodruff was willing to end plural marriage after defending it for so long: Bennett sees the rise of temple sealing ordinances as a major cause. Next, Samuel Brown studies adoption theology—how spirits are saved, or adopted into the family of God, and progress through eternity. Then Robert Schwartz uses game theory, specifically the strategy of the Prisoner's...
In BYU Studies Quarterly 52:1, Jeffrey Walker gives a history of habeas corpus law in the United States and Joseph Smith's use of that law to defend himself against those who sought his imprisonment. Thomas Griffiths discusses how true disciples of Christ can effectively participate in politics by keep priorities straight and respecting opposing views. Lisa Tait shows that in 1890s Utah, Mormon women wrote...
Three articles on Mormon polygamy, two articles on the Book of Mormon, and much more are featured in this issue of BYU Studies Quarterly.
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.
This issue presents articles on the Book of Mormon and other topics, beginning with a scholarly review of baptism by Noel B. Reynolds. He shows that in the Book of Mormon, baptism is taught primarily as an act of covenant making. David Grandy also presents an article on the Book of Mormon, showing that Mormon's words that "the earth moveth and not the sun" need not be understood to mean that Mormon had a heliocentric understanding of the cosmos.
Marianne Appleton and A. Garr Cranney provide conclusive research on the percentage and significance of reading among LDS women in this issue. To the question "Will every body be damned but Mormons?" Joseph Smith replied, "Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent and work righteousness": Grant Underwood discusses these Protestant notions about being "saved" or "damned" in early Church history.