Volume 50:1 (2011)

Issue

Volume 50, issue number 1, of BYU Studies begins with a philosophical look at what it means to be Mormon: what is the nature of the faith that binds a very diverse group of members? Joseph Spencer looks at four historical models of discourses that are present in Mormonism. Next is an article about the importance of music in Christian worship, written by a Catholic scholar in England. Next, an astronomer explains the life cycle of stars and notes that Joseph Smith’s revelation on stars (found in the book of Moses) was decades ahead of the science that would confirm that stars come into existence and pass away. An article collects Latter-day Saint Church leaders’ teachings about Heavenly Mother, affirming her role as a creator and divine parent of humankind. Next, a classical scholar shows that four ancient utopian communities had elements of covenant-making and strict commandments. This issue also features a selection from a newfound document written in 1871 by William McLellin that tells about McLellin’s interviews of the Book of Mormon witnesses. Another document piece presents a letter of a Scotsman describing St. Louis in 1840, including a description of Mormonism. Finally, this issue contains personal essays, poetry, and book reviews.

 
Table of Contents - Volume 50:1 (2011)

Articles
Title Author Pages
The Four Discourses of Mormonism Joseph M. Spencer 4
"With the Voice Together Shall They Sing" Laurence P. Hemming 25
Worlds Come and Pass Away: Evolution of Stars and Planets in the Pearl of Great Price? Hollis R. Johnson 46
"A Mother There": A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven David L. Paulsen, Martin Pulido 70
Temple Elements in Ancient Religious Communities Brent J. Schmidt 127

Essays
Title Author Pages
How Country Music Can Improve Your Marriage Greg Hansen 65

Documents
Title Author Pages
"The Testimony of Men": William E. McLellin and the Book of Mormon Witnesses Mitchell K. Schaefer 99
Diversity in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis Rachel Cope, Robert D. Palmer 111

Review Essays
Title Author Pages
The Search for Mormon Literary Quality: Bound on Earth, Rift, Long After Dark, and The Best of Mormonism 2009 Jack Harrell 154

Poetry
Title Author Pages
A Trick of Light Kim Hancock 69
"And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche" Marilyn Bushman-Carlton 98

Book Reviews
Title Author Pages
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell, Shaylyn R. Garrett, James W. Phillips 159
Muhammad: Prophet of God Daniel C. Peterson, Thora Qaddumi 164
God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says Michael Coogan, Eric A. Eliason 169

Book Notices
Title Author Pages
By What Authority? The Vital Questions of Religious Authority in Christianity Robert L. Millet, Alonzo L. Gaskill 172
Days Never to Be Forgotten: Oliver Cowdery Alexander L. Baugh, Rachel Ozanne 173
When the Saints Came Marching In: A History of the Latter-day Saints in St. Louis Fred E. Woods, Thomas L. Farmer, Susan E. Black 174
Utopian Communities of the Ancient World Brent J. Schmidt, John W. Welch 175