SALT LAKE CITY — On Feb. 28, CBS will debut “Survivor: Ghost Island” and again give viewers a chance to vicariously experience adventure, intrigue and betrayal.
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In February 2018, I had the privilege to interview Dawn Meehan for “
10 questions.” She is a mother of six, a former professor of English at BYU, and of course – a contestant on two seasons of Survivor. Dawn Meehan, Photo by Monty Brinton, CBS, 2012
Continue reading “10 questions with Dawn Meehan” The Council of Fifty was a secret organization founded by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1844. The previously inaccessible records — or minutes — kept by the group remained a source of much speculation until they were made public in 2016. A new book titled “ The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History” contains 15 essays about various topics of interest from the minutes of the council.
Among the many insights shared in the book are five fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty minutes.
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In December 2017 / January 2018, I had the privilege to interview S. Kent Brown, an emeritus professor of ancient studies at BYU.
My contact with Brown stemmed from an
interview with Philip Jenkins wherein he mentioned scholars at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship who were studying the same time period as he covered in his book, . After contacting the Maxwell Institute I was eventually put in touch with Brown, who has done some work on the period of 250 BCE to 50 CE, including the publication of Crucible of Faith The Lost 500 Years: What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments.
Continue reading “10 questions with S. Kent Brown” John Gee is perhaps the leading Mormon commentator on the Book of Abraham – a portion of Mormon scripture that is simultaneously vital to the Mormon belief of premortal existence and heavily debated inside of academic circles. As a believing Mormon with a Ph.D. in Egyptology from Yale University, Gee brings a wonderful mix of perspectives to the discussion. Continue reading “Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham”
In December 2017, I was privileged to interview
Philip Jenkins in association with the publication of his latest book, . Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World
My brief interactions with Jenkins were impressive. He came across as professional, prompt, and witty – a rare trifecta of interview subject attributes.
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