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Authorcast #107: James McLachlan, editor of Element, journal for the Society of Mormon Philosophy and Theology March 11 2019

On this episode, we chat with James McLachlan, co-editor of Element: The Journal for the Society of Mormon Philosophy and Theology (SMPT). We discuss James's background, give a basic primer on a few schools of thought within philosophy and their relationship to Mormonism. We also discuss the origins of SMPT, the most recent issue of Element, and the upcoming 2019 SMPT Annual Meeting taking place March 14-17 at the University of Utah.

Click here for details about the 2019 SMPT Annual Meeting.

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Element: The Journal for the Society of Mormon Philosophy and Theology
Volume 8, Issue 1

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Authorcast #106: Melvin C. Johnson, author of Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West March 04 2019

On this episode, we chat with Melvin C. Johnson, author of Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American WestWe discuss Hawley's following Lyman Wight to the Mormon colony in TX, his conversion to Brigham Young's LDS Church in Utah, accusations of John's involvement with the massacre at Mountain Meadows, John's eventual split with the Utah church over polygamy, Brigham Young's Adam-God doctrine, and blood atonement, his joining the RLDS Church and later testimony at the Temple Lot trial.

“An essential read for those interested in studying the competing strands of the Mormon Restoration movement in mid-nineteenth-century frontier America.”—Richard E. Bennett, Professor, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

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Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West
By Melvin C. Johnson

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Authorcast #104: Laura Rutter Strickling, author of On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City October 11 2018

On this episode, we chat with Laura Rutter Strickling, author of On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City


On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City
By Laura Rutter Strickling

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Authorcast #103: The Expanded Canon August 24 2018

Episode 103: The Expanded Canon
Hosted by Brian Whitney

On this episode, editors Blair Van Dyke, Brian Birch, and Boyd Petersen discuss the development of the Mormon Studies program at Utah Valley University, their annual conferences, the new UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series with Greg Kofford Books, as well as the contributors and topics in the first volume: The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts.

For those in the Utah area, please join us for the following events with the editors:

Tue Sep 18 | Writ & Vision (Provo) at 7:00 PM | RSVP on Facebook
Wed Sep 19 | Benchmark Books (SLC) at 5:30 PM | RSVP on Facebook


The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts
Edited by Blair G. Van Dyke, Brian D. Birch, and Boyd J. Petersen

Part of the UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series

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AuthorCast #102: Interview with Charles Randall Paul July 25 2018

Episode 102: Interview with Charles Randall Paul
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, Charles Randall Paul discusses his forthcoming book, Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America, as well as the interfaith organization he founded, the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, and offers a few suggestions for dealing with religious, political, and ideological conflict. Be sure to check out his recent article, "Contesting Truth through Mutual Openness."


Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America
By Charles Randall Paul

Available August 7, 2018
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AuthorCast #101: Interview with Blake Ostler July 11 2018

Episode 101: Interview with Blake Ostler
Hosted by Brian Whitney

Blake T. Ostler is an independent scholar residing in Salt Lake City, Utah,and the author of the multi-volume Exploring Mormon Thought series. Volume 1: The Attributes of God has recently been re-issued in paperback. In this interview, Blake discusses his background, the series, some of the key philosophocal discussions in The Attributes of God, such as the nature of free will, God's existence within time, and Mormon Christology.



“These books are the most important works on Mormon theology ever written. There is nothing currently available that is even close to the rigor and sophistication of these volumes.” — FARMS Review, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #95: Interview with Newell G. Bringhurst April 03 2018

Interview with Newell G. Bringhurst
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, we interview Newell G. Bringhurst, author of Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, 2nd ed.  We discuss the history of the race-based priesthood and temple ban within Mormonism, the role that Mormon ethnic "whiteness" and "Ephraimite" identity played in Mormon racial views, and causes for the eventual policy shift within Mormonism that ended the priesthood and temple restriction to blacks.

Read Newell's article, "Five Times Mormons Changed Their Position on Slavery."


Newell Bringhurst will be signing books and speaking at Writ & Vision in Provo on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM, and at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:30 PM.


Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, 2nd ed.
By Newell G. Bringhurst

Available April 10, 2018
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AuthorCast #86: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5 with David Bokovoy January 31 2018

Episode 86: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Topics Discussed: We cover the story of Cain and Abel as well as the legends surrounding Enoch and Zion.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.

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AuthorCast #82: David Bokovoy, an intro to the Old Testament January 11 2018

Episode 82: David Bokovoy, an intro to the Old Testament
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Topics Discussed: We chat with David Bokovoy about his recent article, 5 Things to Know Before Studying the Old Testament, which has gained quite a bit of attention. We discuss the nature of the Hebrew Bible, the various viewpoints that this scripture contains, as well as approaches to Old Testament study that can add meaning to this sacred record.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. David is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.

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AuthorCast #81: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 32 December 13 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 32: Soteriology in LDS Thought (Pt 1)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• The Vision
• Faith unto Repentance
• Atonement

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AuthorCast #80: Exploring Mormon Thought, Grace vs Works December 06 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought: Grace vs Works short
By Corey Ostler

My father's voice is shot due to a cold so I wanted to share a talk I prepared a while back about Grace and Works in LDS thought. This talk is based closely on talks by Elder Uchtdorf and Brad Wilcox

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AuthorCast #79: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 31 November 21 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 31: Sin and the Uncircumcised Heart (Pt 2)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• Ego Maintenance, Self-Deception, and Authenticity
• The Bondage of Sin and Agency

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