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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
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Through his personal interest in World War I, George S. Tate finds deeper meaning of D&C Section 138. Remembering the circumstances of 1918—the war, pandemic flu, and Joseph F. Smith’s loss of a son—makes the assurance of divine love and ultimate redemption found in D&C 138 more poignant.
Gathering as One: The History of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City
Discover the history of the beloved Salt Lake Tabernacle in this new book from BYU Press. Like no other book before it, this beautiful volume tells the story of this striking building through hundreds of photographs. Learn how the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples were predecessors for the Tabernacle and that, in Utah, Brigham Young wanted to separate the functions of the temple and the meeting hall.
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters
Joseph Smith believed in sustaining the law. This book presents his main legal encounters in the context of his day. Party to more than two hundred suits in the courts of New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and elsewhere, he faced criminal charges as well as civil claims and collection matters. In the end, he was never convicted of any crime, and he paid his debts.
See our collection of articles and books on Joseph Smith. Additionally, see our website which maps the chronology of Joseph Smith's life.
Church History Chart
This chart is available as a poster or a booklet. It presents a comprehensive 210-year timeline that shows church growth, such as the number of temples, number of Book of Mormon translations, and church membership over time along with major historical events, dates and information about each LDS President's administration.
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Joseph Smith Chronology
This chronology introduces readers to the energetic pace and broad scope of concerns that characterized the daily life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It lists events that can be tied to specific days or weeks. Each event is briefly summarized in this chronology.
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Harold Bloom, the self-proclaimed "unbelieving Jew" and distinguished scholar, recently characterized Joseph Smith as "a religious genius," stating that the religion Smith founded "is truly a biblical religion." More recently, Carl Mosser has written concerning the doctrine of that religion: "Mormonism's heresies are legion; they are also very interesting and often unique in the...
"Harold Bloom, the self-proclaimed "unbelieving Jew" and distinguished scholar, recently characterized Joseph Smith as "a religious genius," stating that the religion Smith founded "is truly a biblical religion." More recently, Carl Mosser has written concerning the doctrine of that religion: "Mormonism's heresies are legion; they are also very interesting and often unique in...
The doctrine that God the Father and God the Son are embodied persons, humanlike in form, has rich implications for both philosophical anthropology and theology, and it is one of the most distinctive teachings of the Restoration. While believers find the doctrine elevating and inspiring, critics have challenged it as being non-Christian and philosophically incoherent. I believe the critics are mistaken on both counts....
The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) and the American prophet Joseph Smith (1805–1844) both radically critiqued nineteenth-century Christian culture.
Written by al-Ghazali (1058-1111), The Incoherence of the Philosophers (Tahafut al falasifa) has long been recognized as a classic of Islamic thought. In it, al-Ghazali launches a vigorous attack against twenty philosophical doctrines that he sees as threatening to the Islamic faith.
David Paulsen, Jacob Hawken, and Michael Hansen discuss Sir Anthony Buzzard’s work Jesus Was Not a Trinitarian (2007). In this theological review essay, the authors show that the problems inherent in the doctrines of unitarianism and trinitarianism are addressed elegantly in the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Christian theology does not being at the beginning. That is, Christian theology began well after Jesus Christ walked the earth with his disciples and even after the last disciple and apostle died. . . .The apostles [had] tremendous prestige and authority. . . . While they were alive, there was no need for theology in the same sense as afterward. Theology was born as the heirs of the apostles began to reflect on...
All of us have struggled or likely will struggle in a very personal way with the problem of evil. Paulsen asserts, "As I have perused the philosophical literature on the problem of evil and noted men's perplexities and then returned to once more ponder the revelations and teachings of Joseph Smith, I have been constantly amazed. Joseph had no training in theology, no doctor of divinity degree, his formal...
This volume of academic discussions provides an important new resource to both LDS and non-LDS scholars as well as an educated, nonscholarly audience. It consists of eleven "dialogues," which include overviews, responses, rejoinders, and replies. Because the various authors share a background in contemporary Christian thought, some of the essays may be initially disorienting for Latter-day Saints without...