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 the Prophet’s personal opinion. He also highlights the differences between early Latter-day Saints and other millenarian groups.
In another article, author and composer Merrill Bradshaw explains some of the choices he made in setting The Articles of Faith to music. He shares the impetus behind and the symbolism within this five-movement piece for a cappella voices.
Another piece by Richard D. Poll explains why logic and reason will prevent the onset of World War III. This article, originally a lecture given at the Great Issues Forum at the University of Utah in 1960, gives unique insight into the Cold War period of American history and policy.
Other articles include A. Wilbur Steven’s look at Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night and Melvin Rader’s examination of the relationship between religion and art. Douglas Kent Hall also gives readers a glimpse of the life of James Joyce as he completed his epic, Ulysses.