Emilie Townes: Meet the Distinguished Theologian

What is the difference between faith and theology? Join Vanderbilt University Divinity School Dean Emilie M. Townes for a discussion of the issues.

Latter-day Saint History

Daniel Peterson: Meet the Latter-day Saint Apologist

Daniel Peterson is one of today’s most prominent Latter-day Saint apologists. As the President of the Interpreter Foundation, Peterson has overseen publications such as an 800-page volume of Hugh Nibley stories, and a weekly academic journal called Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship. In this interview, the prolific Patheos blogger gives readers a glimpse of his history, explains apologetics, and discusses Krister Stendahl’s concept of “holy envy.” Daniel Peterson also shares a list of some of today’s prominent Latter-day Saint apologists.

19th Century Latter-day Saint History

What’s in the Council of Fifty Minutes?

The Prophet Joseph Smith organized a small group called the Council of Fifty (there were about 50 members) shortly before he died. The council discussed issues relevant to forming a “kingdom of God” in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ. The Joseph Smith Papers recently published the Council of Fifty minutes for the first time.

To make the information more accessible to general readers, BYU Religious Studies Center published a compilation of short essays in a new book, The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History. Co-editors Matthew J. Grow and R. Eric Smith discuss the publication and what the minutes teach us about Joseph Smith and the Council of Fifty.

Book of Abraham Latter-day Saint History

John Gee on the Book of Abraham

The words of Abraham aren’t limited to the Bible. Join Egyptologist John Gee as he discusses Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham

Ancient history Scriptures Uncategorized

Meet Enoch Seminar Director Gabriele Boccaccini

Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini discusses the Enoch Seminar, a group devoted to studying the common roots of early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

19th Century Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History

What R. Eric Smith Wishes People Asked about the Council of Fifty Minutes

After receiving interview responses from R. Eric Smith and Matthew J. Grow for an interview, it occurred to me I may have forgotten an important question.

Experts are often asked the same questions over and over. Yet are there questions they wish someone would ask?

As it relates to the Council of Fifty minutes, I asked R. Eric Smith this very question in an addendum to the “10 questions” interview.


The Old Testament and New Testament: What Happened in Between?

There’s the Old Testament and the New Testament, but what happened between them? Join scholar S. Kent Brown as he discusses his book, The Lost 500 Years: What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments.