Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932

Anthony Ivins served in the Quorum of Twelve and First Presidency for over 26 years

As part of a series of essays on controversial topics, the church recently published an article discussing plural marriages performed after the Manifesto. The article noted, “on an exceptional basis, some new plural marriages were performed between 1890 and 1904, … Continue reading

Infallible Proofs: Interpreting the Temple Endowment as Mystical Rhetoric

*Author’s Note: An earlier version of this address was presented at the annual Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference, March 15, 2013 at Brigham Young University.  The Latter-day Saint temple endowment is a taboo topic for reasons obvious to probably … Continue reading

Religion in Translation: The Role of Scholarship in Fostering Understanding

Widespread respect is usually hard won in the realm of religion. [1] In the Greco-Roman world, the religion that was most esteemed was the religion of the ancient city-state, or polis. As a member of a polis community, one participated … Continue reading

A Sojourn in the Wilderness of Progress

Review of Thomas G. Alexander. Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930 (Third Edition). Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2012.  xviii + 372 pp. $31.95. ISBN: 978-1-58958-188-3. Thomas Alexander’s latest monograph on the history of Mormonism from … Continue reading