Maxwell Institute Podcast

Maxwell Institute Podcast

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Where top-tier scholars help increase religious literacy and understanding.

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Episodes

  • MIPodcast #99—Briefly Second Nephi, with Terryl Givens
    MIPodcast #99—Briefly Second Nephi, with Terryl Givens
    Duration: 58min | 26/11/2019

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  • MIPodcast #98—Briefly First Nephi, with Joseph M. Spencer
    MIPodcast #98—Briefly First Nephi, with Joseph M. Spencer
    Duration: 52min | 19/11/2019

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  • MIConversations #10—Terryl Givens with Rosaynde Welch, “Life on the road to Emmaus”
    MIConversations #10—Terryl Givens with Rosaynde Welch, “Life on the road to Emmaus”
    Duration: 52min | 15/10/2019

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  • MIPodcast #97—Our wild hope, with Reverend Dr. Andrew Teal
    MIPodcast #97—Our wild hope, with Reverend Dr. Andrew Teal
    Duration: 28min | 01/10/2019

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  • MIPodcast #96—The untold story of Lin Zhao, a martyr in Mao’s China, with Xi Lian
    MIPodcast #96—The untold story of Lin Zhao, a martyr in Mao’s China, with Xi Lian
    Duration: 01h07min | 10/09/2019

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  • MIPodcast #95—“Answering sincere gospel questions,” with Spencer Fluhman
    MIPodcast #95—“Answering sincere gospel questions,” with Spencer Fluhman
    Duration: 28min | 20/08/2019

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  • #94—People with disabilities in religious communities [MIPodcast]
    #94—People with disabilities in religious communities [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h11min | 06/08/2019

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  • #93—Women in the New Testament and beyond, with Carolyn Osiek
    #93—Women in the New Testament and beyond, with Carolyn Osiek
    Duration: 57min | 23/07/2019

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  • MIConversations—Terryl Givens with Samuel Brown, “Confessions of an ‘Odd Intellectual’”
    MIConversations—Terryl Givens with Samuel Brown, “Confessions of an ‘Odd Intellectual’”
    Duration: 55min | 12/07/2019

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  • #92—Joseph Smith’s Egyptian papers, with Robin Jensen  Brian Hauglid
    #92—Joseph Smith’s Egyptian papers, with Robin Jensen & Brian Hauglid
    27/06/2019

    Joseph Smith left a lot of documents behind when he died in 1844, from the mundane to the intriguing. Some of the more puzzling documents deal with a book of scripture in the Latter-day Saint canon called the Book of Abraham. Said to be translated from ancient papyrus, the scripture broadens the story of the […] The post #92—Joseph Smith’s Egyptian papers, with Robin Jensen & Brian Hauglid [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #91—The contested history of religious freedom, with Tisa Wenger
    #91—The contested history of religious freedom, with Tisa Wenger
    Duration: 59min | 16/04/2019

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  • MIConversations #8—Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, “The spiritual journey”
    MIConversations #8—Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, “The spiritual journey”
    Duration: 53min | 26/03/2019

    Maxwell Institute Conversations are special episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. Audio and video available. Thomas Wirthlin McConkie was born into a prominent American Latter-day Saint family, but the faith didn’t resonate with him as a teenager. He disconnected from the Church and […] The post MIConversations #8—Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, “The spiritual journey” appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #90—Editing and illuminating the Book of Mormon, with Grant Hardy and Brian Kershisnik
    #90—Editing and illuminating the Book of Mormon, with Grant Hardy and Brian Kershisnik
    Duration: 01h08min | 12/03/2019

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  • #89—‘Sister Saints,’ with Colleen McDannell
    #89—‘Sister Saints,’ with Colleen McDannell
    Duration: 52min | 05/02/2019

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  • #88—The risks and rewards of interreligious dialogue, with Catherine Cornille [MIPodcast]
    #88—The risks and rewards of interreligious dialogue, with Catherine Cornille [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 58min | 22/01/2019

    Many religious believers live their entire lives without learning much about other people’s faith. Maybe some people avoid interreligious dialogue because they think they already know their religion is true. Maybe some people fear that such exchanges might somehow change them and they don’t want change. In this episode we’re joined by Catherine Cornille. She’s […] The post #88—The risks and rewards of interreligious dialogue, with Catherine Cornille [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • MIConversations #7—Thomas Wayment with Terryl Givens, “Translating a new New Testament”
    MIConversations #7—Thomas Wayment with Terryl Givens, “Translating a new New Testament”
    Duration: 47min | 11/01/2019

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  • #87—William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet, with Daniel P. Stone [MIPodcast]
    #87—William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet, with Daniel P. Stone [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h11min | 13/12/2018

    William Bickerton was a coal miner from England who emigrated to the United States and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1845. Without ever having met the church’s founding prophet, he soon came to see himself as Joseph Smith’s true heir, leading what came to be called simply The Church of […] The post #87—William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet, with Daniel P. Stone appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • MIConversations #6—Terryl Givens with Margaret Blair Young, “The deep waters”
    MIConversations #6—Terryl Givens with Margaret Blair Young, “The deep waters”
    Duration: 59min | 27/11/2018

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  • #86—Danes, Lutherans, and Latter-day Saints, with Julie K. Allen [MIPodcast]
    #86—Danes, Lutherans, and Latter-day Saints, with Julie K. Allen [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h04min | 13/11/2018

    The religious marketplace in Denmark was thrown wide open in 1849 when the country ratified its first democratic constitution. After nearly a thousand years of state control, the people were guaranteed religious freedom. No more would Danes automatically be Lutheran. Missionary-minded Christians from around the world flocked to Denmark. Thousands upon thousands of Danes joined the […] The post #86—Danes, Lutherans, and Latter-day Saints, with Julie K. Allen [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #85—Race and the Making of the Mormon People, with Max Mueller [MIPodcast]
    #85—Race and the Making of the Mormon People, with Max Mueller [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h06min | 16/10/2018

    This year marks forty years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began, once again, to ordain black members of African descent to its priesthood. Forty years since the church began administering it sacred temple ordinances to black women and men. Over the past forty years the body of scholarship on race and […] The post #85—Race and the Making of the Mormon People, with Max Mueller [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #84—The making of Jane and Emma, with Chantelle Squires and Melissa Leilani Larson [MIPodcast]
    #84—The making of Jane and Emma, with Chantelle Squires and Melissa Leilani Larson [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h08min | 09/10/2018

    Jane and Emma is a new film based on the historical relationship of Jane Manning—one of the few black converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during its infancy—and Emma Smith, who presided over the Church’s women’s organization, the Relief Society, and who was married to the prophet Joseph Smith. It’s an emotional film […] The post #84—The making of Jane and Emma, with Chantelle Squires and Melissa Leilani Larson [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • MIConversations #5—Brian Kershisnik with Terryl Givens, “Surprising angels”
    MIConversations #5—Brian Kershisnik with Terryl Givens, “Surprising angels”
    Duration: 57min | 28/09/2018

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  • #83—What made Americans American, with Benjamin Park [MIPodcast]
    #83—What made Americans American, with Benjamin Park [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h10min | 18/09/2018

    When thirteen colonies declared their independence from the British government in 1776 they had no clear vision about what they would do once the apparent shackles of the British monarchy were shattered. What did it mean for them to create a new nation? It’s a complicated and fascinating story—a story that resonates all the way […] The post #83—What made Americans American, with Benjamin Park [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • MIConversations #4—Thomas F. Rogers with Terryl Givens, “Risk-taking discipleship”
    MIConversations #4—Thomas F. Rogers with Terryl Givens, “Risk-taking discipleship”
    Duration: 50min | 31/08/2018

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  • #82—Christianity and American politics, with Matthew Bowman [MIPodcast]
    #82—Christianity and American politics, with Matthew Bowman [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 58min | 14/08/2018

    What comes to mind when you hear the term “American Christians”? Most people today think of the so-called Religious Right, a loosely knit group of conservative Christians who oppose legal abortion, favor gun rights, and hail Ronald Reagan as one like unto Moses. Matthew Bowman’s latest book is a wake-up call, reminding us that there’s […] The post #82—Christianity and American politics, with Matthew Bowman [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • MIConversations #3—Kate Holbrook with Terryl Givens, “Extraordinary Women in Mormon History”
    MIConversations #3—Kate Holbrook with Terryl Givens, “Extraordinary Women in Mormon History”
    Duration: 01h53s | 27/07/2018

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  • #81—Forgiveness, with Mpho Tutu van Furth [MIPodcast]
    #81—Forgiveness, with Mpho Tutu van Furth [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 56min | 10/07/2018

    On the surface, forgiveness seems like such a simple concept but it can be one of the most difficult things we ever do. Maybe someone in your life has hurt you and you’ve never been able to forgive them. Maybe you’ve hurt someone else and they haven’t forgiven you. Maybe it’s time to see if […] The post #81—Forgiveness, with Mpho Tutu van Furth [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #80—Robert Orsi on History and Presence [MIPodcast]
    #80—Robert Orsi on History and Presence [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 58min | 13/06/2018

    How can scholars of religion explain religious faith without explaining it away? Over the centuries many scholars have come to discuss religion as a purely human phenomenon, leaving no room for “special beings” like God, Jesus Christ, angels, or departed loved ones. Robert Orsi confronts such scholarship in his new book History and Presence, inviting scholars to […] The post #80—Robert Orsi on History and Presence [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • MIConversations #1—George Handley and Terryl Givens, “Can creation heal us?”
    MIConversations #1—George Handley and Terryl Givens, “Can creation heal us?”
    27/05/2018

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  • #79—Milton and early Mormonism, with John Rogers [MIPodcast]
    #79—Milton and early Mormonism, with John Rogers [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 51min | 08/05/2018

    Americans in the early nineteenth century loved the writing of John Milton. Milton’s embrace of liberal individualism, meritocracy, and his championing of the right to free speech made him an easy sell to anti-British Americans. His epic poem Paradise Lost was a bestseller. Something like twenty editions of Paradise Lost were produced in America during the first half of […] The post #79—Milton and early Mormonism, with John Rogers [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #78—The development of LDS liturgy and cosmology, with Jonathan Stapley [MIPodcast]
    #78—The development of LDS liturgy and cosmology, with Jonathan Stapley [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 52min | 17/04/2018

    Latter-day Saint historians have long demonstrated that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not established all at once, but that it has unfolded—line upon line, precept upon precept, to borrow a biblical phrase. Ideas about priesthood in Mormonism, for example, have developed in fascinating ways. In a new book from Oxford University Press, […] The post #78—The development of LDS liturgy and cosmology, with Jonathan Stapley [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #77—Billy Graham and the shaping of a nation, with Grant Wacker [MIPodcast]
    #77—Billy Graham and the shaping of a nation, with Grant Wacker [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h04min | 09/03/2018

    The Reverend Billy Graham rose to international prominence in the 1940s preaching an evangelical Christian gospel. Hailing from North Carolina, the charismatic preacher filled stadiums, counseled American presidents, and encouraged millions of people around the world to seek personal transformation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Historian Grant Wacker joins us to talk […] The post #77—Billy Graham and the shaping of a nation, with Grant Wacker [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #76—Adam Miller on more Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast]
    #76—Adam Miller on more Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 50min | 13/02/2018

    Adam Miller wrote Letters to a Young Mormon for thoughtful people yearning for a more thoughtful faith. It's a little book, but it packs a powerful punch. In this episode, Miller is talks about the new second expanded edition, which the Maxwell Institute recently published in partnership with Deseret Book. We also talk about the perils of Mormon quasi-celebrity, bad book reviews, apologetics, his future projects, and other things. The post #76—Adam Miller on more Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #75—“To be learned is good,” with Richard Bushman [MIPodcast]
    #75—“To be learned is good,” with Richard Bushman [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 48min | 23/01/2018

    Our 75th Episode! The Book of Mormon warns against mistaking intelligence for wisdom, but adds a crucial caveat: “to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God” (2 Nephi 9:29). Where LDS founding prophet Joseph Smith declared that a person is saved no faster than they get knowledge, historian Richard Bushman adds a corollary: A person gains knowledge no faster than they […] The post #75—“To be learned is good,” with Richard Bushman [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #74—Feeding the Flock, with Terryl L. Givens [MIPodcast]
    #74—Feeding the Flock, with Terryl L. Givens [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h06min | 08/12/2017

    Latter-day Saint scholar Terryl L. Givens is back with us again. Dr. Givens spent the summer here at the Institute as a Neal A. Maxwell fellow. It was a real treat to have Terryl here in the building, and he sat down with MIPodcast host Blair Hodges to talk about the second and final book […] The post #74—Feeding the Flock, with Terryl L. Givens [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #73—Women and power in the Church of God in Christ, with Anthea Butler [MIPodcast]
    #73—Women and power in the Church of God in Christ, with Anthea Butler [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h02min | 17/11/2017

    If you’re familiar with African American religious history, you know that black women outnumber black men in the church. There are a lot of theories about why, too. Author Zora Neale Hurston, for example, said that black women were “the mules of the world,” and that the church gave them a place to lay their […] The post #73—Women and power in the Church of God in Christ, with Anthea Butler [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #72—The Koran in English, with Bruce Lawrence and David Peck [MIPodcast]
    #72—The Koran in English, with Bruce Lawrence and David Peck [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h21min | 03/11/2017

    When the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad, it arrived in the language of his place and time—Arabic. To this day, for virtually all Muslims whether Arab or not, the Qur’an only truly exists in Arabic. You can read an English translation, there are many to choose from, but the Qur’an is said to […] The post #72—The Koran in English, with Bruce Lawrence and David Peck [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #71—Mormon exorcism lore, with Stephen Taysom [MIPodcast]
    #71—Mormon exorcism lore, with Stephen Taysom [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h07min | 27/10/2017

    This special episode is a tribute to and homage of LORE, by Aaron Mahnke. If you haven’t already, you should check it out. In 1888 a Mormon woman in the Southern States mission of the LDS Church requested a visit from the missionaries. She said she was possessed by the devil and asked the elders to […] The post #71—Mormon exorcism lore, with Stephen Taysom [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #70—A Hindu perspective on being a disciple-scholar, with Ravi Gupta [MIPodcast]
    #70—A Hindu perspective on being a disciple-scholar, with Ravi Gupta [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 55min | 17/10/2017

    Who owns religion? Who gets to say what is right or wrong, fact or fiction about any religious tradition? Religious believers and scholars of religion don’t always see eye to eye on this question. In this episode, Dr. Ravi Gupta joins us to talk about where the academic study of religion meets the practice of […] The post #70—A Hindu perspective on being a disciple-scholar, with Ravi Gupta [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #69—Setting down the sacred past of African Americans, with Laurie Maffly-Kipp [MIPodcast]
    #69—Setting down the sacred past of African Americans, with Laurie Maffly-Kipp [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h03min | 10/10/2017

    An estimated twelve million Africans were forced into slavery from the seventeenth century until Emancipation. Torn from their land, separated from family and kin, their bodies were stolen and their very identities were at risk of annihilation. So Africans became African Americans. Years before Reconstruction, they began reconstructing their own past. Many of them combined patriotism, […] The post #69—Setting down the sacred past of African Americans, with Laurie Maffly-Kipp [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #68—Reforming the sacraments, with Jennifer Powell McNutt [MIPodcast]
    #68—Reforming the sacraments, with Jennifer Powell McNutt [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 47min | 27/09/2017

    Martin Luther believed the Bible proved that the Catholic Church had gone astray. His efforts to bring reform to the church wound up leading to his excommunication and the Reformation was off and running. In the previous two episodes we heard from Craig Harline and Brad Gregory, talking about Martin Luther’s life and the Reformation […] The post #68—Reforming the sacraments, with Jennifer Powell McNutt [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #67—How the Reformation rebelled against Luther, with Brad S. Gregory [MIPodcast]
    #67—How the Reformation rebelled against Luther, with Brad S. Gregory [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h06min | 12/09/2017

    When Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in October of 1517 he had no intention of starting a revolution. But he became a rebel and the Reformation took off. And then the Reformation rebelled against Luther, and we’re still dealing with consequences that would have horrified the reformer five hundred years later. That’s how historian Brad […] The post #67—How the Reformation rebelled against Luther, with Brad S. Gregory [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #66—Martin Luther and the birth of the Reformation, with Craig Harline [MIPodcast]
    #66—Martin Luther and the birth of the Reformation, with Craig Harline [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h20min | 29/08/2017

    What was Martin Luther trying to accomplish when he nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenburg church door? Would you believe he didn’t intend to start a new religious movement at all? Down the centuries Martin Luther has been lauded by some, lambasted by others. Was he an amazing hero or an arch heretic, or perhaps […] The post #66—Martin Luther and the birth of the Reformation, with Craig Harline [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #65—Womanist theology and Mormonism, with Janan Graham-Russell [MIPodcast]
    #65—Womanist theology and Mormonism, with Janan Graham-Russell [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 54min | 15/08/2017

    When you think about your religious beliefs, your theology, how much consideration have you given to your race? How has the color of your skin affected your understanding of God, of Jesus Christ, or of your religious community? Maybe you’ve never thought much about it. If you’re a black Latter-day Saint in America, you virtually […] The post #65—Womanist theology and Mormonism, with Janan Graham-Russell [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #64—Heresy, opposition, and becoming gods, with Adam J. Powell [MIPodcast]
    #64—Heresy, opposition, and becoming gods, with Adam J. Powell [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 51min | 01/08/2017

    Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at the hands of an angry mob in June of 1844. Shortly before his death he is reported to have made this bold declaration: “I should be like a fish out of water, if I were out of persecutions…the Lord […] The post #64—Heresy, opposition, and becoming gods, with Adam J. Powell [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #63—”Works of Love in a World of Violence,” with Deidre Green [MIPodcast]
    #63—”Works of Love in a World of Violence,” with Deidre Green [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 49min | 06/06/2017

    Christians are commanded in scripture to love one another, to turn the other cheek and bless those who curse them. How can Christians meet these obligations when someone acts an abusive or even violent ways toward them? In this episode, we’re joined by Maxwell Institute visiting scholar Deidre Green. She is a theologian and author of […] The post #63—”Works of Love in a World of Violence,” with Deidre Green [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #62—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and “A House Full of Females” [MIPodcast]
    #62—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and “A House Full of Females” [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h03min | 25/04/2017

    In the late nineteenth century, a newspaper written and published by women and for women sprung up in what most Americans thought was the unlikeliest of locations: Utah, the home of the Mormons. Along the top of the newspaper the masthead proudly declared its concern: “The Rights of the Women of Zion, and the Rights […] The post #62—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and “A House Full of Females” [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #61—Women at the Latter-day Saint pulpit, with Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook [MIPodcast]
    #61—Women at the Latter-day Saint pulpit, with Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h05min | 14/03/2017

    There’s a famous passage from First Corinthians: “Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted into them to speak. But they are commanded to be under obedience, as also say the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husband at home. For it is a shame […] The post #61—Women at the Latter-day Saint pulpit, with Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #60—The life of the Lotus Sutra, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr. [MIPodcast]
    #60—The life of the Lotus Sutra, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr. [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 49min | 28/02/2017

    When the Lotus Sutra arrived in Boston in 1844 the few people who could read it were intrigued by its parables that reminded them of the Bible. For these westerners, the Lotus was like a gateway into a mysterious and profound culture from across the world. But it took a long time to get there, from […] The post #60—The life of the Lotus Sutra, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr. [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #59—Village atheists, with Leigh Eric Schmidt [MIPodcast]
    #59—Village atheists, with Leigh Eric Schmidt [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h15min | 07/02/2017

    Are you familiar with the New Atheists? The late Christopher Hitchens wrote biting books about religion as “poison,” Richard Dawkins champions a sort of scientism as a replacement for faith, and people like Bill Maher spend time each evening poking fun at the pious. Despite their unofficial “New Atheist” title, they’re perhaps not actually all […] The post #59—Village atheists, with Leigh Eric Schmidt [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #58—Some challenges of religious studies, with Thomas Tweed [MIPodcast]
    #58—Some challenges of religious studies, with Thomas Tweed [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 56min | 17/01/2017

    People are usually more comfortable talking about their strengths rather than their weaknesses. It’s human nature. The same can be said about religious studies. When scholars talk about it, you can expect them to emphasize the positive. But like many academic fields, religious studies also faces challenges. Some come from the outside—say, when schools and […] The post #58—Some challenges of religious studies, with Thomas Tweed [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #57—One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, with Ashley Mae Hoiland [MIPodcast]
    #57—One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, with Ashley Mae Hoiland [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h15s | 13/12/2016

    One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly is the latest book in the Maxwell Institute's Living Faith series. In this episode, author Ashley Mae Hoiland joins Blair Hodges, co-editor of the series, to talk about the revelatory nature of writing. The book is for restless souls who [...] The post #57—One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, with Ashley Mae Hoiland [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #56—Mormons and American politics, with David E. Campbell and J. Quin Monson [MIPodcast]
    #56—Mormons and American politics, with David E. Campbell and J. Quin Monson [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h18min | 25/10/2016

    The deep red state of Utah is surprising pundits as the 2016 presidential election approaches. For the first time in over fifty years, the state is poised to vote for someone other than the Republican nominee. Mormons within the Republican party have been singled out as a significant reason Utah is looking elsewhere. It’s useful to […] The post #56—Mormons and American politics, with David E. Campbell and J. Quin Monson [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #55—American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, with Thomas W. Simpson [MIPodcast]
    #55—American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, with Thomas W. Simpson [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h16min | 11/10/2016

    As the twentieth century dawned, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remained at odds with the United States, a country that had provided fertile soil for the growth of their faith, but also a country they felt alienated from. Some of the things Mormons did to keep themselves separate from the outside world ended […] The post #55—American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, with Thomas W. Simpson [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #54—The Sin of Certainty, with Peter Enns [MIPodcast]
    #54—The Sin of Certainty, with Peter Enns [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h07min | 27/09/2016

    Perhaps you’ve experienced moments of doubt about your religious faith. Or maybe you’re one of the people who find doubt to be a more frequent companion in your spiritual life. Either way, doubt can be unsettling and uncomfortable. Biblical scholar Peter Enns suggests that part of the problem is that many Christians have come to […] The post #54—The Sin of Certainty, with Peter Enns [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #53—James L. Kugel on how to read the Bible [MIPodcast]
    #53—James L. Kugel on how to read the Bible [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h11min | 13/09/2016

    James L. Kugel is one of the foremost scholars of the Hebrew Bible of our time. Kugel recently visited BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute to talk about his work and about the relationship between religious faith and scholarship about scripture. Kugel is an orthodox Jew and biblical scholar who became somewhat legendary for revisiting ancient paradigms. […] The post #53—James L. Kugel on how to read the Bible [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #52—Reconceiving infertility in the Bible, with Candida Moss and Joel Baden [MIPodcast]
    #52—Reconceiving infertility in the Bible, with Candida Moss and Joel Baden [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h08min | 30/08/2016

    “Be fruitful and multiply.” According to the book of Genesis, these are the first words God speaks to humanity. People have understood these words over the centuries as a commandment to procreate, and the ability to bear and raise children has been understood as a divine blessing. But what about people who can’t bear children due […] The post #52—Reconceiving infertility in the Bible, with Candida Moss and Joel Baden [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #51— The Work of the Dead, with Thomas W. Laqueur [MIPodcast]
    #51— The Work of the Dead, with Thomas W. Laqueur [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 58min | 16/08/2016

    What good is a dead body? How have humans cared for dead bodies through the ages and why do we do it? What do dead bodies tell us about the things we value most and about the things we’re afraid of? All of us will be dead bodies someday, so these questions are relevant for everyone. […] The post #51— The Work of the Dead, with Thomas W. Laqueur [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #50—The Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, 2015 [MIPodcast]
    #50—The Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, 2015 [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 56min | 02/08/2016

    In some ways it’s been a lonelier than usual summer at the Maxwell Institute. Since it was founded in 2006 we’ve had the privilege of hosting the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, a remarkable research opportunity that is somewhat legendary for the people that have passed through it, like Reid Neilson of the Church History Library, […] The post #50—The Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, 2015 [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #49—The unexpected life of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, with Bruce Gordon [MIPodcast]
    #49—The unexpected life of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, with Bruce Gordon [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h05min | 12/07/2016

    When the Protestant Reformer John Calvin published his book Institutes of the Christian Religion in the 1500s, he couldn't have anticipated the incredibly different purposes his book would come to serve long after he died and was buried somewhere in an unmarked grave by his own request. The Institutes was a blockbuster[...] The post #49—The unexpected life of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, with Bruce Gordon [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey [MIPodcast]
    #48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h08min | 21/06/2016

    What do you know about African American religious history? Julius H. Bailey joins us in this episode to talk about his new overview, Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American History. Bailey’s book operates on a few different levels. The ground floor contains a general story beginning with African traditional religions. It moves through slavery and […] The post #48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #47—The spiritual lives of America’s “Nones,” with Elizabeth Drescher [MIPodcast]
    #47—The spiritual lives of America’s “Nones,” with Elizabeth Drescher [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h14min | 07/06/2016

    If you surveyed Americans, asking them to identify themselves as: A) Catholic B) Muslim C) Evangelical D) Mormon ...and so on, an increasing number will select the very last option—none of the above. [...] The post #47—The spiritual lives of America’s “Nones,” with Elizabeth Drescher [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #46—Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things [MIPodcast]
    #46—Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 59min | 24/05/2016

    The New York Times Review of Books says Marilynne Robinson “is not like any other writer. She has created a small, rich, and fearless body of work in which religion exists unashamedly, as does doubt, unashamedly.” Robinson is perhaps best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gilead (2004). This year she received the Library of […] The post #46—Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #45— How (Not) to Be Secular, with James K. A. Smith [MIPodcast]
    #45— How (Not) to Be Secular, with James K. A. Smith [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h09min | 10/05/2016

    Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2016 many people find it more difficult to believe than not? This is the question that Charles Taylor tackles in his massive book A Secular Age. In this episode, James K. A. Smith joins us to talk […] The post #45— How (Not) to Be Secular, with James K. A. Smith [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #44—Kate Bowler’s history of the prosperity gospel movement [MIPodcast]
    #44—Kate Bowler’s history of the prosperity gospel movement [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h13min | 26/04/2016

    Even if you’ve never heard of a Christian movement scholars call “the prosperity gospel,” chances are you know some of its most famous proponents, like Joel Osteen or Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. “The prosperity gospel” is not officially associated with any particular denomination. It’s more a style of Christianity, one that emphasizes God’s desire to […] The post #44—Kate Bowler’s history of the prosperity gospel movement [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #43—The life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, with George Marsden [MIPodcast]
    #43—The life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, with George Marsden [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 58min | 12/04/2016

    C. S. Lewis died in 1963 on the same day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Before the decade was over, few expected his works to last. “We think Lewis’s star has risen and is about to set,” said one Catholic publisher. “His day is over. No one will be reading C. S. Lewis twenty years […] The post #43—The life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, with George Marsden [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #42—The rabbis and the rain, with Julia Watts Belser [MIPodcast]
    #42—The rabbis and the rain, with Julia Watts Belser [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h11min | 29/03/2016

    In the land of Israel, rain falls during a single, crucial, season of the year beginning in October or November and continuing through the spring. Lives depended on successful harvests which depended on healthy rainfall. According to the Hebrew scriptures, weather proved God's blessing or cursing the people of Israel: "From the rain of the heavens, you will drink water— a land that the Lord your God seeks out perpetually; the eyes of the Lord your God are upon it" [...] The post #42—The rabbis and the rain, with Julia Watts Belser [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #41—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (2 of 2) [MIPodcast]
    #41—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (2 of 2) [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 38min | 17/03/2016

    In the last episode we heard from three editors of a new book of Relief Society documents published by the LDS Church. Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matt Grow talked about the origins of the Relief Society and why its activities were suspended in 1844. Today is the Relief Society’s 174th anniversary. In this episode […] The post #41—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (2 of 2) [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #40—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (1 of 2) [MIPodcast]
    #40—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (1 of 2) [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 39min | 15/03/2016

    The Church Historian’s Press just released a landmark book of documents all about the Relief Society, the women’s organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was organized in 1842 with high hopes for benevolent service and holiness, and it was suspended in 1844 in the midst of conflict and controversy. Thursday, […] The post #40—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (1 of 2) [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #39—The seven last words of Jesus, with James Martin, SJ [MIPodcast]
    #39—The seven last words of Jesus, with James Martin, SJ [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h04min | 25/02/2016

    The New Testament records seven phrases Jesus uttered as he hung on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23.34) “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23.43) “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.” (John 19.26–27) “My God, My […] The post #39—The seven last words of Jesus, with James Martin, SJ [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #38—N.T. Wright on Paul and His Recent Interpreters [MIPodcast]
    #38—N.T. Wright on Paul and His Recent Interpreters [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h07min | 09/02/2016

    When N.T. Wright was composing a massive 1600+ page treatment of the apostle Paul he wanted to begin with an overview of how scholars have interpreted Paul over the years. It quickly became apparent that the topic could fill its own book, and Paul and His Recent Interpreters was born. In this episode Wright explains how various historical figures understood Paul. Along the way we see how [...] The post #38—N.T. Wright on Paul and His Recent Interpreters [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #37—Climate change and Christianity, with Willis Jenkins [MIPodcast]
    #37—Climate change and Christianity, with Willis Jenkins [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h08min | 05/01/2016

    Willis Jenkins wanted to inspire Christians to exercise faith in God as well as in contemporary science—science which suggests humans are damaging the earth God created. So he did like any good academic does; he wrote a book called Ecologies of Grace, which explores how being saved [...] The post #37—Climate change and Christianity, with Willis Jenkins [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #36—Part 2: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast]
    #36—Part 2: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 49min | 15/12/2015

    There’s an old saying that goes “the essence of tyranny is the denial of complexity.” Sometimes scholars bring clarity by making things less clear. This is true in most academic pursuits, but it matters especially in biblical scholarship which deals with sacred texts. Peter Martens explores the task of Bible interpreters, religious, scholarly, and scholarly-religious, […] The post #36—Part 2: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #35—Part 1: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast]
    #35—Part 1: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 53min | 01/12/2015

    For centuries Christians have gathered to worship God and study the Bible. But this same text that has unified the faithful has also been the source of much discord. One of the most exciting—though by no means uncontroversial—academic developments during the past century has been the renaissance of interest in early Christian biblical scholarship. Earlier this year […] The post #35—Part 1: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #34—An Evolving Faith panel discussion [MIPodcast]
    #34—An Evolving Faith panel discussion [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 50min | 10/11/2015

    On October 27, the third book in the Maxwell Institute's Living Faith series was released—Steven L. Peck's Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist. We celebrated by hosting a panel discussion at Writ & Vision in Provo, Utah. Three panelists shared their thoughts about[...] The post #34—An Evolving Faith panel discussion [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #33—The Study Quran, with Maria Dakake and Joseph Lumbard [MIPodcast]
    #33—The Study Quran, with Maria Dakake and Joseph Lumbard [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h15min | 20/10/2015

    The Study Quran from HarperOne is a historic and ground-breaking work produced by a distinguished team of Islamic Studies scholars. Maria Dakake and Joseph Lumbard are two of the book’s general editors. They helped produce the brand new translation and contributed to footnotes and essays exploring various aspects of Islam’s holy scripture. In this episode, we are privileged to hear […] The post #33—The Study Quran, with Maria Dakake and Joseph Lumbard [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #32—The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, with church historian Robin Scott Jensen [MIPodcast]
    #32—The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, with church historian Robin Scott Jensen [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h03min | 29/09/2015

    There’s a bold claim on the dust jacket of the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers Project: “The Book of Mormon is the centerpiece of Joseph Smith’s documentary record.” Arguably, without the Book of Mormon we may not even need a Joseph Smith Papers Project, whose goal is to publish a comprehensive record of documents created […] The post #32—The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, with church historian Robin Scott Jensen [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #31—Religious tolerance in American history, with Chris Beneke and Christopher Grenda [MIPodcast]
    #31—Religious tolerance in American history, with Chris Beneke and Christopher Grenda [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h09min | 08/09/2015

    Everyone knows the classic story of how America was founded by pilgrims and puritans fleeing oppressive lands in search of religious freedom. The problem is that this classic story doesn't adequately relate the much messier and more interesting history of religious tolerance in the United States or elsewhere. From Roger Williams's Bloudy Tenent to today's Internet debates, the idea of [...] The post #31—Religious tolerance in American history, with Chris Beneke and Christopher Grenda [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #30—Terryl and Fiona Givens on The Crucible of Doubt [MIPodcast]
    #30—Terryl and Fiona Givens on The Crucible of Doubt [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 47min | 18/08/2015

    Terryl and Fiona Givens joined me back in July of 2013 for the first episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, and it seems fitting that they're back on the nice round number of episode 30. Here we talk about their latest book The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith. One of the fundamental [...] The post #30—Terryl and Fiona Givens on The Crucible of Doubt [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #29—Adam Miller’s Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan [MIPodcast]
    #29—Adam Miller’s Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h08min | 28/07/2015

    Paul’s New Testament letter to the Romans is one of the most important Christian writings ever recorded. The passage of time has obscured the letter’s original context, not to mention the language it’s been rendered in—from its original Greek to archaic King James English. It can be difficult for readers today to appreciate the logic […] The post #29—Adam Miller’s Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #28—The parables of Jesus, with Amy-Jill Levine [MIPodcast]
    #28—The parables of Jesus, with Amy-Jill Levine [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h10min | 07/07/2015

    Amy-Jill Levine is a Jewish scholar with a deep love for the New Testament. Her latest book is a detailed, scholarly, and witty investigation of some of Jesus's parables. It's called Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Levine exposes ways the parables have been misinterpreted from the past to the present and shows that they are as relevant today as they were when they were recorded centuries ago. The post #28—The parables of Jesus, with Amy-Jill Levine [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #27—Wearing God, a conversation with Lauren F. Winner [MIPodcast]
    #27—Wearing God, a conversation with Lauren F. Winner [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 57min | 23/06/2015

    “If you, like me, picture God in lots of different ways, or if sometimes God seems easy to speak about, and on some days you have no words for God, and sometimes you feel that there are too many words for God, so many that the abundance stumps you—if that is the case, then you […] The post #27—Wearing God, a conversation with Lauren F. Winner [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #26—Martyrdom past and present, with Jolyon Mitchell [MIPodcast]
    #26—Martyrdom past and present, with Jolyon Mitchell [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h04min | 19/05/2015

    Last year the Maxwell Institute published a book called On This Day, a translation of the Armenian Church’s ancient collection of stories about martyrs, miracles, and saints, arranged according to the calendar in order to facilitate commemoration. Early followers of Jesus often shared inspirational stories of martyrs in order to bear witness to their faith. Of […] The post #26—Martyrdom past and present, with Jolyon Mitchell [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #25—All about the Jewish Annotated New Testament, with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]
    #25—All about the Jewish Annotated New Testament, with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h06min | 21/04/2015

    What do Jewish scholars today have to say about the New Testament? The Jewish Annotated New Testament is a landmark piece of scholarship, representing the first time Jewish scholars have annotated and written essays on the complete New Testament. The volume is full of explanatory and contextual footnotes, references to other Jewish works, and a number […] The post #25—All about the Jewish Annotated New Testament, with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #24—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, with Martin E. Marty [MIPodcast]
    #24—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, with Martin E. Marty [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h09min | 07/04/2015

    On April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazi regime in Germany just two weeks before Allied forces liberated the camp where he was hanged—70 years ago this week. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. Leading up to his death at the age of 44, Bonhoeffer spent two years held captive […] The post #24—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, with Martin E. Marty [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #23—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 2) [MIPodcast]
    #23—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 2) [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h06s | 26/03/2015

    This is part two of an interview with historian Paul Reeve, author of the new book Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, and Ardis Parshall, independent historian and author of the Keep-a-Pitchin-In Mormon history blog. This episode focuses on the origins of the LDS Church’s restriction on priesthood ordination […] The post #23—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 2) [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #22—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 1 of 2) [MIPodcast]
    #22—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 1 of 2) [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h44s | 24/03/2015

    One of the most anticipated reviews in the upcoming Mormon Studies Review focuses on a landmark book called Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness by W. Paul Reeve. In this special two-part episode, historians Reeve and Ardis E. Parshall talk about the book and answer questions about the historian's craft more broadly. The post #22—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 1 of 2) [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #21—The Bhagavad Gita, with Richard H. Davis [MIPodcast]
    #21—The Bhagavad Gita, with Richard H. Davis [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h21min | 10/03/2015

    This episode delves into the most famous Hindu book of scripture. The Bhagavad Gita relates a conversation between god and human about war and violence, duty and obligation. Millions have looked to the Gita to gain insight into the struggle for self-mastery that we all must wage. Richard H. Davis tells the story from its beginnings in ancient India, through medieval […] The post #21—The Bhagavad Gita, with Richard H. Davis [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #20—Reading the New Testament Gospels with Julie M. Smith [MIPodcast]
    #20—Reading the New Testament Gospels with Julie M. Smith [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 57min | 20/02/2015

    Many Latter-day Saints find it difficult to appreciate the archaic King James language of the New Testament. The gospel writers presented their witnesses to an ancient audience whose customs are unfamiliar to readers today. Biblical scholarship has come a long way in clarifying cultural and historical backgrounds of scripture but most Mormons haven’t taken advantage […] The post #20—Reading the New Testament Gospels with Julie M. Smith [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #19—Investigating the Dead Sea Scrolls, with John J. Collins [MIPodcast]
    #19—Investigating the Dead Sea Scrolls, with John J. Collins [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h07min | 04/02/2015

    The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. The scrolls include the oldest biblical manuscripts ever found. Most intriguingly, they date from the crucial transitional period when Christianity began to emerge from Judaism. They’ve been the focus of rigorous debate and research ever since they came back from […] The post #19—Investigating the Dead Sea Scrolls, with John J. Collins [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #18- Job through the ages, with Mark Larrimore [MIPodcast]
    #18- Job through the ages, with Mark Larrimore [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h13min | 05/01/2015

    “Oh, that my words were written down! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever!” (Job 19:23-24) Having indeed been written down, Job’s words are found in one of the most fascinating books in the Bible and in world […] The post #18- Job through the ages, with Mark Larrimore [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #17- The life of Genesis, with Ronald Hendel [MIPodcast]
    #17- The life of Genesis, with Ronald Hendel [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h05min | 18/12/2014

    “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It’s one of the most easily recognizable opening lines from any literary work, the Book of Genesis, a book that has been interpreted in countless ways over the thousands of years of its existence. In this episode I speak about it with an expert on […] The post #17- The life of Genesis, with Ronald Hendel [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #16- Peter Enns on reading the Bible critically and religiously [MIPodcast]
    #16- Peter Enns on reading the Bible critically and religiously [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h15min | 10/11/2014

    Dr. Peter Enns just released a brand new book called The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. Enns wants the Bible to be interpreted for what it actually seems to be [...] The post #16- Peter Enns on reading the Bible critically and religiously [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #15- Reading the Bible critically and religiously, with Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]
    #15- Reading the Bible critically and religiously, with Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h15min | 14/10/2014

    Does academic study of the Bible undermine its value or diminish the religious messages it contains? In 2012, three scholars—a Jew, a Protestant, and a Catholic—came together at the intersection of their academic work on the Bible and their religious faith to discuss that very question. Their outstanding book The Bible and the Believer seeks to demonstrate […] The post #15- Reading the Bible critically and religiously, with Marc Brettler [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #14- Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the “Great Apostasy,” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young [MIPodcast]
    #14- Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the “Great Apostasy,” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h10min | 30/09/2014

    Miranda Wilcox and John Young recently published one of the most fascinating books ever compiled on the subject of Mormon studies. It's called Standing Apart. In the book, a group of Latter-day Saint scholars examine Mormonism's "Great Apostasy" narrative. The post #14- Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the “Great Apostasy,” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #13- What’s the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, featuring David Gordon White [MIPodcast]
    #13- What’s the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, featuring David Gordon White [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h07min | 09/09/2014

    Although the Maxwell Institute focuses its attention primarily on religious texts of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this episode examines a religious text from an eastern tradition (the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali) in order get a better understanding of the nature of religious texts in general. The post #13- What’s the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, featuring David Gordon White [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #12- Summer Seminar scholars discuss “The History of the Mormon Family” [MIPodcast]
    #12- Summer Seminar scholars discuss “The History of the Mormon Family” [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 41min | 22/08/2014

    What's it like to participate in the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture? Six participants from this year's seminar answer that question in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast. The post #12- Summer Seminar scholars discuss “The History of the Mormon Family” [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #11- Bernard McGinn on Aquinas’s Summa theologiae [MIPodcast]
    #11- Bernard McGinn on Aquinas’s Summa theologiae [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h12min | 01/08/2014

    Bernard McGinn recently completed the biography of one of the most influential theological works in Christian history: Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, and he joins us in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast to talk about it. McGinn’s book is part of Princeton University Press’s “Lives of Great Religious Books” series in which leading scholars write biographies of the birth […] The post #11- Bernard McGinn on Aquinas’s Summa theologiae [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #10- Spencer, Bokovoy, Miller: Three Mormon scholars discuss the relevance of scripture [MIPodcast]
    #10- Spencer, Bokovoy, Miller: Three Mormon scholars discuss the relevance of scripture [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 32min | 10/07/2014

    This episode features three scholars discussing the relevance of scripture. Last Wednesday, Zion's Books in Provo, Utah hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject featuring Joseph Spencer, David Bokovoy, and Adam Miller, who read a chapter from his recent release, Letters to a Young Mormon. The post #10- Spencer, Bokovoy, Miller: Three Mormon scholars discuss the relevance of scripture [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #9- John Turner on Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet [MIPodcast]
    #9- John Turner on Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h10min | 23/06/2014

    It’s all about Brigham Young on this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast. The post #9- John Turner on Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #8- Molly Worthen on faith and the intellect in American Evangelicalism [MIPodcast]
    #8- Molly Worthen on faith and the intellect in American Evangelicalism [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h54s | 16/05/2014

    In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, historian Molly Worthen joins us to discuss her new book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Evangelical Christians comprise nearly 25% of the population of the United States, and although the tradition has produced a number of outstanding scholars, Evangelicalism has a reputation for promoting anti-intellectualism. Having [...] The post #8- Molly Worthen on faith and the intellect in American Evangelicalism [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #7- Terryl Givens on the Book of Mormon [MIPodcast]
    #7- Terryl Givens on the Book of Mormon [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 42min | 02/05/2014

    New episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast are on the way. In the meantime, this episode features the recording of Terryl L. Givens’s 2009 Laura F. Willes Book of Mormon lecture, “Joseph Smith’s American Bible: Radicalizing the Familiar.” The lecture was based on his research for The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction (New York: […] The post #7- Terryl Givens on the Book of Mormon [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #6- Adam Miller discusses Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast]
    #6- Adam Miller discusses Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h01min | 17/01/2014

    In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, Adam S. Miller discusses his latest book Letters to a Young Mormon. Miller spends his days... The post #6- Adam Miller discusses Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #5- Samuel Brown on In Heaven as It Is on Earth and “Believing Adoption” [MIPodcast]
    #5- Samuel Brown on In Heaven as It Is on Earth and “Believing Adoption” [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 49min | 01/11/2013

    In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, physician and historian Samuel M. Brown discusses his book, In Heaven as it is On Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death and his recent BYU Studies article, "Believing Adoption." The post #5- Samuel Brown on In Heaven as It Is on Earth and “Believing Adoption” [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #4- Myron Penner on The End of Apologetics [MIPodcast]
    #4- Myron Penner on The End of Apologetics [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h12min | 25/09/2013

    This episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast focuses on the topic of apologetics, or defending the faith. Myron Bradley Penner, an Anglican priest from Canada, discusses his new book, The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context. In the book, Penner addresses problems he sees with certain modern apologetic methods, but they might not be what you expect. The post #4- Myron Penner on The End of Apologetics [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #3- James Goldberg on The Five Books of Jesus [MIPodcast]
    #3- James Goldberg on The Five Books of Jesus [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h17min | 09/09/2013

    In this episode of the MI Podcast, Blair Hodges talks to author James Goldberg about The Five Books of Jesus. James Goldberg is a Mormon author with Jewish and Sikh roots and these background elements permeate his recent novel. The story of Jesus has been told and retold, of course, for centuries. Over the past 200 years or so a “quest for the historical Jesus” has been launched, with archaeologists, theologians, and historians combing records and ruins for evidence of the life and teachings of Jesus. At the same time, another quest was launched—“the quest for the fictional Jesus.” The post #3- James Goldberg on The Five Books of Jesus [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast]
    #2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h21min | 14/08/2013

    Mormon theology and environmental concerns is our topic in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast. The post #2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

  • #1- Terryl and Fiona Givens, on faith, doubt, and The God Who Weeps [MIPodcast]
    #1- Terryl and Fiona Givens, on faith, doubt, and The God Who Weeps [MIPodcast]
    Duration: 01h16min | 10/07/2013

    This first episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast features Fiona and Terryl Givens, authors of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. We talk briefly about the book—subjects like the character of God, premortality, and human agency—which you can learn more about in Episode 23 of “The Mormon Book Review.” This interview focuses […] The post #1- Terryl and Fiona Givens, on faith, doubt, and The God Who Weeps [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

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