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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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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
Discover the history of the beloved Salt Lake Tabernacle in this new book from BYUPress. Like no other book before it, this beautiful volume tells the story of this striking building through hundreds of photographs.
Mapping Mormonism: 2nd Edition
Mapping Mormonism's first edition proved to be a landmark reference work in Mormon studies; now it is further improved and updated with the latest information in this second edition. This work covers the early Restoration, the settlement of the West, and the expanding Church, giving particular emphasis to recent developments in the modern Church throughout all regions of the world.
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In the past several years there has been a noticeably growing interest in alternative explanations for Mormon origins. Perhaps this is due to a certain lingering uneasiness that the present theories of cause are inadequate to explain the magnitude of the effects. At any rate, the most recent attempt to find a more satisfying explanation for Joseph Smith and the religion he founded is D. Michael Quinn's Early...
Because I know the circumstances surrounding the establishment of Mormonism only in a general way, I shall leave to the professional historian the task of commenting on those circumstances as they are presented by D. Michael Quinn in Early Mormonism and the Magic World View. In what follows, I shall discuss the book from the point of view of the general reader for whom Quinn says he intended the work and from the point of view of my own discipline, folklore.
John L. Brooke, an associate professor of history at Tufts University, is, by his own description, "not a Mormon historian;" his earlier work has centered on the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century social history of Massachusetts and New England. His new book does not claim to be "necessarily a well-rounded approach to early Mormonism" or "a balanced history," but is rather a...
In the last issue of BYU Studies, D. Michael Quinn presented for the first time a chronology of the Council of Fifty that annihilates the previously held theory that this Council was one of the most important institutions in nineteenth-century Mormon history. Formally organized by Joseph Smith on 11 March 1844, just three months before he was murdered at Carthage, Illinois, the Council of Fifty was his concrete...
BYU Studies Staff remember T. Edgar Lyon in "In Memoriam: T. Edgar Lyon." Then, Leland H. Gentry addresses the question "What of the Lectures on Faith" by saying, what, when and where these series of presentations took place. Also there are two articles on prayer circles. The first one is by Hugh W. Nibley, then there is one by D. Michael Quinn.