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Review of At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

Written on February 27, 2017 at 9:35 am, by

Review by R. Devan Jensen R. Devan Jensen is executive editor at the Religious Studies Center. At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women is well conceived, compiled, and edited by Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook, using the high standards of the Church Historian’s Press. It is also timely, being released for

Review of Conversations with Mormon Historians

Written on February 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm, by

Review by Spencer W. McBride Spencer W. McBride is the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America (University of Virginia Press, 2017) and a historian and documentary editor with the Joseph Smith Papers Project, Salt Lake City, Utah. At the core, Conversations with Mormon Historians, is a book that features

Review of Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism

Written on February 22, 2017 at 10:59 am, by

Review by Daniel H. Olsen Daniel H. Olsen is an associate professor, Department of Geography, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. When I was asked to read and review Michael MacKay’s Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism, I was expecting to read a straightforward history of Fayette, New York, the story of founding of Mormonism

An Epic Year at the RSC!

Written on February 3, 2017 at 7:45 am, by

An Epic Year at the RSC By Devan Jensen Here is a brief video introduction to the Religious Studies Center (RSC). Established by Jeffrey R. Holland in 1975, the RSC is a vital research and publications arm of Religious Education. It exists to seek out, encourage, and publish faithful gospel scholarship through sponsoring symposia and seminars;

Review of Mormons in the Piazza

Written on February 2, 2017 at 11:46 am, by

Review of Toronto, James A., Eric R Dursteler, and Michael W. Homer. Mormons in the Piazza: History of the Latter-day Saints in Italy. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2017. 599 pp. Photographs, maps, notes, appendix, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-1-9443-9410-3. $34.99 Review by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel Richard Neitzel Holzapfel is a professor of Church

RSC Books in Early 2017

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm, by

Copublished by the RSC and Deseret Book in Early 2017 Mormons in the Piazza: History of the Latter-day Saints in Italy By James A. Toronto, Eric R Dursteler and Michael W. Homer From the day Lorenzo Snow stepped out of a carriage onto Italian soil in 1850 to the day that Thomas S. Monson turned a shovel of Italian soil

Review of Documents, Volume 4: April 1834–September 1835

Written on October 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm, by

Godfrey, Matthew C., Brenden W. Rensink, Alex D. Smith, Max H Parkin, and Alexander L. Baugh, eds. Documents, Volume 4: April 1834–September 1835. Vol. 4 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Ronald K. Esplin and Matthew J. Grow. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2016. ix, 668 pp. Photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, appendices, index.

Review of By Study and Also by Faith

Written on October 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm, by

By Study and Also by Faith: One Hundred Years of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2015. Notes, black-and-white illustrations, 654 pp. with index. ISBN-13: 978-1-4651-1878-3, US $33.50. Review by Scott C. Esplin Scott C. Esplin is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine

Ties That Linked the Rails

Written on May 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm, by

Ties That Linked the Rails: Utah’s Role in the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Benefits Keynote address by BYU Professor Fred E. Woods May 10, 2016, Promontory, Utah I feel honored to have been selected to provide some remarks at this annual celebration. I keenly sense my responsibility as a keynote speaker to address this

Craig L. Foster’s Review of “Conversations with Mormon Historians”

Written on May 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm, by

Review of Alexander L. Baugh and Reid L. Neilson, eds., Conversations with Mormon Historians, Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in cooperation with Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, 2015. pp.580 + xv, including index. $34.99. Craig L. Foster Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 19 (2016): 397-402 Abstract: Conversations with Mormon Historians