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

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

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MIPodcast #91—The contested history of religious freedom, with Tisa Wenger

4/16/2019
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In this episode, historian Tisa Wenger of Yale University joins us to talk about religious freedom—the legal right to worship according to the dictates of a person’s own conscience. An important ideal to be sure, but—as historians like Wenger are fond of saying—it’s complicated. We’re talking about her new book Religious Freedom: The Contested History […]

Duration:00:59:36

MIConversations #8—Thomas Wirthlin McConkie, “The spiritual journey”

3/26/2019
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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 […]

Duration:00:53:34

MIPodcast #90—Editing and illuminating the Book of Mormon, with Grant Hardy and Brian Kershisnik

3/12/2019
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We’re extremely excited that the Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon has finally been published. We see it as a watershed moment in the history of Latter-day Saint scripture publishing. It’s the first study edition ever published by a church affiliate, and it includes new formatting, useful footnotes, original artwork, and more. […]

Duration:01:08:19

#89—‘Sister Saints,’ with Colleen McDannell [MIPodcast]

2/5/2019
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According to historian Colleen McDannell, women have played vital roles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the beginning. From the hard-scrabble pioneer worker to the Progressive Era suffragette, from the domestic housewife to the working mother, the international convert, the single adult, the black Latter-day Saint—each have contributed to the church’s […]

Duration:00:52:01

#88—The risks and rewards of interreligious dialogue, with Catherine Cornille [MIPodcast]

1/22/2019
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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 […]

Duration:00:58:12

MIConversations #7—Thomas Wayment with Terryl Givens, “Translating a new New Testament”

1/11/2019
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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. A lot has changed for Thomas Wayment since this he sat down for this conversation with Terryl Givens. At the time, Thom was a professor of ancient scripture […]

Duration:00:47:32

#87—William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet, with Daniel P. Stone [MIPodcast]

12/13/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:11:54

MIConversations #6—Margaret Blair Young with Terryl Givens, “The deep waters”

11/27/2018
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Maxwell Institute Conversations are special episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. In this episode Terryl Givens sits down with Margaret Blair Young to talk about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Congo, faith transitions, spiritual healing, writing, and more. About the […]

Duration:00:59:25

#86—Danes, Lutherans, and Latter-day Saints, with Julie K. Allen [MIPodcast]

11/13/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:04:12

#85—Race and the Making of the Mormon People, with Max Mueller [MIPodcast]

10/16/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:06:40

#84—The making of Jane and Emma, with Chantelle Squires and Melissa Leilani Larson [MIPodcast]

10/9/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:08:36

MIConversations #5—Brian Kershisnik with Terryl Givens, “Surprising angels”

9/28/2018
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Maxwell Institute Conversations are special videocast episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. In this episode Terryl Givens sits down with Brian Kershisnik to talk about art, creativity, and worship. About the Guest Brian Kershisnik is an American painter. He studied art at the University of […]

Duration:00:57:07

#83—What made Americans American, with Benjamin Park [MIPodcast]

9/18/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:10:54

MIConversations #4—Thomas F. Rogers with Terryl Givens, “Risk-taking discipleship”

8/31/2018
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Maxwell Institute Conversations are special videocast episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. In this episode Terryl Givens sits down with Thomas F. Rogers to talk about the risks of discipleship, and worshiping God with all one’s heart, might, mind, and strength. About the Guest […]

Duration:00:50:30

#82—Christianity and American politics, with Matthew Bowman [MIPodcast]

8/14/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:58:09

MIConversations #3—Kate Holbrook with Terryl Givens, “Extraordinary Women in Mormon History”

7/27/2018
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Maxwell Institute Conversations are special videocast episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. In this episode Terryl Givens sits down with Kate Holbrook to talk about extraordinary women in Latter-day Saint history. About the Guest Kate Holbrook is Managing Historian of Women’s History at the […]

Duration:00:57:07

#81—Forgiveness, with Mpho Tutu van Furth [MIPodcast]

7/10/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:56:55

MIConversations #2—Steven Peck and Terryl Givens, “The God Who Marvels”

6/29/2018
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Maxwell Institute Conversations are special videocast episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. In this episode Terryl Givens sits down with Steven L. Peck, an award-winning author and scientist; one of the most bright and interesting Latter-day Saints you’ll ever meet. For Peck, as […]

Duration:00:54:50

#80—Robert Orsi on History and Presence [MIPodcast]

6/13/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:58:34

MIConversations #1—George Handley and Terryl Givens, “Can creation heal us?”

5/27/2018
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Maxwell Institute Conversations are special videocast episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. You can watch this episode in your podcast app, or if you’re on the run, listen to the audio version. In the beginning, God said “let there be light,” and there […]

Duration:00:52:55