Maxwell Institute Podcast

Maxwell Institute Podcast

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MIPodcast #63— “Works of Love in a World of Violence,” with Deidre Green
Jun 6 • 49 min
Christians are commanded in scripture to love one another, to turn the other cheek and bless those who curse them. How can Christians meet these obligations when someone acts an abusive or even violent ways toward them? In this episode, we’re joined by…
#62—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and “A House Full of Females” [MIPodcast]
Apr 25 • 63 min
In the late nineteenth century, a newspaper written and published by women and for women sprung up in what most Americans thought was the unlikeliest of locations: Utah, the home of the Mormons. Along the top of the newspaper the masthead proudly declared…
#61—Women at the Latter-day Saint pulpit, with Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook [MIPodcast]
Mar 14 • 65 min
Here’s a famous passage from First Corinthians: “Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted into them to speak. But they are commanded to be under obedience, as also say the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask…
#60—The life of the Lotus Sutra, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr. [MIPodcast]
Feb 28 • 49 min
When the Lotus Sutra arrived in Boston in 1844 the few people who could read it were intrigued by its parables that reminded them of the Bible. For these westerners, the Lotus was like a gateway into a mysterious and profound culture from across the…
MIPodcast #59—Village atheists, with Leigh Eric Schmidt
Feb 7 • 75 min
Are you familiar with the New Atheists? The late Christopher Hitchens wrote biting books about religion as “poison,” Richard Dawkins champions a sort of scientism as a replacement for faith, and people like Bill Maher spend time each evening poking fun at…
#58—Some challenges of religious studies, with Thomas Tweed [MIPodcast]
Jan 17 • 56 min
Journal of the American Academy of Religion People are usually more comfortable talking about their strengths rather than their weaknesses. It’s human nature. The same can be said about religious studies. When scholars talk about it, you can expect them…
#57—One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly, with Ashley Mae Hoiland [MIPodcast]
Dec 13, 2016 • 60 min
One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly is the latest book in the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith series. In this episode, author Ashley Mae Hoiland joins Blair Hodges, co-editor of the series, to talk about the revelatory nature of writing. The book is for…
#56—Mormons and American politics, with David E. Campbell and J. Quin Monson [MIPodcast]
Oct 25, 2016 • 78 min
The deep red state of Utah is surprising pundits as the 2016 presidential election approaches. For the first time in over fifty years, the state is poised to vote for someone other than the Republican nominee. Mormons within the Republican party have been…
#55—American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, with Thomas W. Simpson [MIPodcast]
Oct 11, 2016 • 76 min
As the twentieth century dawned, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remained at odds with the United States, a country that had provided fertile soil for the growth of their faith, but also a country they felt alienated from. Some of the…
#54—The Sin of Certainty, with Peter Enns [MIPodcast]
Sep 27, 2016 • 67 min
Perhaps you’ve experienced moments of doubt about your religious faith. Or maybe you’re one of the people who find doubt to be a more frequent companion in your spiritual life. Either way, doubt can be unsettling and uncomfortable. Biblical scholar Peter…
#53—James L. Kugel on how to read the Bible [MIPodcast]
Sep 13, 2016 • 71 min
James L. Kugel is one of the foremost scholars of the Hebrew Bible of our time. Kugel recently visited BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute to talk about his work and about the relationship between religious faith and scholarship about scripture. Kugel is an…
#52—Reconceiving infertility in the Bible, with Candida Moss and Joel Baden [MIPodcast]
Aug 30, 2016 • 68 min
“Be fruitful and multiply.” According to the book of Genesis, these are the first words God speaks to humanity. People have understood these words over the centuries as a commandment to procreate, and the ability to bear and raise children has been…
#51— The Work of the Dead, with Thomas W. Laqueur [MIPodcast]
Aug 16, 2016 • 58 min
What good is a dead body? How have humans cared for dead bodies through the ages and why do we do it? What do dead bodies tell us about the things we value most and about the things we’re afraid of? All of us will be dead bodies someday, so these…
#50—The Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, 2015 [MIPodcast]
Aug 2, 2016 • 56 min
In some ways it’s been a lonelier than usual summer at the Maxwell Institute. Since it was founded in 2006 we’ve had the privilege of hosting the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, a remarkable research opportunity that is somewhat legendary for the people…
#49—The unexpected life of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, with Bruce Gordon [MIPodcast]
Jul 12, 2016 • 65 min
When the Protestant Reformer John Calvin published his book Institutes of the Christian Religion in the 1500s, he couldn’t have anticipated the incredibly different purposes his book would come to serve long after he died and was buried somewhere in an…
#48—(Almost) all about African American religious history, with Julius H. Bailey [MIPodcast]
Jun 21, 2016 • 68 min
What do you know about African American religious history? Julius H. Bailey joins us in this episode to talk about his new overview, Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American History. Bailey’s book operates on a few different levels. The…
#47—The spiritual lives of America’s “Nones,” with Elizabeth Drescher [MIPodcast]
Jun 7, 2016 • 74 min
If you surveyed Americans, asking them to identify themselves as: A) Catholic B) Muslim C) Evangelical D) Mormon …and so on, an increasing number will select the very last option—none of the above. […]
#46—Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things [MIPodcast]
May 24, 2016 • 59 min
The New York Times Review of Books says Marilynne Robinson “is not like any other writer. She has created a small, rich, and fearless body of work in which religion exists unashamedly, as does doubt, unashamedly.” Robinson is perhaps best known for her…
#45— How (Not) to Be Secular, with James K. A. Smith [MIPodcast]
May 10, 2016 • 69 min
Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2016 many people find it more difficult to believe than not? This is the question that Charles Taylor tackles in his massive book A Secular Age. In this…
#44—Kate Bowler’s history of the prosperity gospel movement [MIPodcast]
Apr 26, 2016 • 73 min
Even if you’ve never heard of a Christian movement scholars call “the prosperity gospel,” chances are you know some of its most famous proponents, like Joel Osteen or Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. “The prosperity gospel” is not officially associated with any…
#43—The life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, with George Marsden [MIPodcast]
Apr 12, 2016 • 58 min
C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis died in 1963 on the same day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Before the decade was over, few expected his works to last. “We think Lewis’ star has risen and is about to set,” said one Catholic publisher. “His day is over. No one…
#42—The rabbis and the rain, with Julia Watts Belser [MIPodcast]
Mar 29, 2016 • 71 min
In the land of Israel, rain falls during a single, crucial, season of the year beginning in October or November and continuing through the spring. Lives depended on successful harvests which depended on healthy rainfall. According to the Hebrew…
#41—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (2 of 2) [MIPodcast]
Mar 17, 2016 • 38 min
In the last episode we heard from three editors of a new book of Relief Society documents published by the LDS Church. Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matt Grow talked about the origins of the Relief Society and why its activities were suspended in…
#40—The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, with Jill Mulvay Derr, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew Grow (1 of 2) [MIPodcast]
Mar 15, 2016 • 39 min
The Church Historian’s Press just released a landmark book of documents all about the Relief Society, the women’s organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was organized in 1842 with high hopes for benevolent service and…
#39—The seven last words of Jesus, with James Martin, SJ [MIPodcast]
Feb 25, 2016 • 64 min
The New Testament records seven phrases Jesus uttered as he hung on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23.34) “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23.43) “Woman, behold your son. Son,…
#38—N.T. Wright on Paul and His Recent Interpreters [MIPodcast]
Feb 9, 2016 • 67 min
When N.T. Wright was composing a massive 1600+ page treatment of the apostle Paul he wanted to begin with an overview of how scholars have interpreted Paul over the years. It quickly became apparent that the topic could fill its own book, and Paul and His…
#37—Climate change and Christianity, with Willis Jenkins [MIPodcast]
Jan 5, 2016 • 68 min
Willis Jenkins wanted to inspire Christians to exercise faith in God as well as in contemporary science—science which suggests humans are damaging the earth God created. So he did like any good academic does; he wrote a book called Ecologies of Grace,…
#36—Part 2: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast]
Dec 15, 2015 • 49 min
There’s an old saying that goes “the essence of tyranny is the denial of complexity.” Sometimes scholars bring clarity by making things less clear. This is true in most academic pursuits, but it matters especially in biblical scholarship which deals with…
#35—Part 1: Early Christian interpreters of the Bible and the scholars who interpret them, with Peter Martens [MIPodcast]
Dec 1, 2015 • 53 min
For centuries Christians have gathered to worship God and study the Bible. But this same text that has unified the faithful has also been the source of much discord. One of the most exciting—though by no means uncontroversial—academic developments during…
#34—An Evolving Faith panel discussion [MIPodcast]
Nov 10, 2015 • 50 min
On October 27, the third book in the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith series was released—Steven L. Peck’s Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist. We celebrated by hosting a panel discussion at Writ & Vision in Provo, Utah. Three panelists…
#33—The Study Quran, with Maria Dakake and Joseph Lumbard [MIPodcast]
Oct 20, 2015 • 75 min
The Study Quran from HarperOne is a historic and ground-breaking work produced by a distinguished team of Islamic Studies scholars. Maria Dakake and Joseph Lumbard are two of the book’s general editors. They helped produce the brand new translation and…
#32—The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, with church historian Robin Scott Jensen [MIPodcast]
Sep 29, 2015 • 63 min
There’s a bold claim on the dust jacket of the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers Project: “The Book of Mormon is the centerpiece of Joseph Smith’s documentary record.” Arguably, without the Book of Mormon we may not even need a Joseph Smith Papers…
#31—Religious tolerance in American history, with Chris Beneke and Christopher Grenda [MIPodcast]
Sep 8, 2015 • 69 min
Everyone knows the classic story of how America was founded by pilgrims and puritans fleeing oppressive lands in search of religious freedom. The problem is that this classic story doesn’t adequately relate the much messier and more interesting history of…
#30—Terryl and Fiona Givens on The Crucible of Doubt [MIPodcast]
Aug 18, 2015 • 47 min
Terryl and Fiona Givens joined me back in July of 2013 for the first episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, and it seems fitting that they’re back on the nice round number of episode 30. Here we talk about their latest book The Crucible of Doubt:…
#29—Adam Miller’s Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan [MIPodcast]
Jul 28, 2015 • 68 min
Paul’s New Testament letter to the Romans is one of the most important Christian writings ever recorded. The passage of time has obscured the letter’s original context, not to mention the language it’s been rendered in—from its original Greek to archaic…
#28—The parables of Jesus, with Amy-Jill Levine [MIPodcast]
Jul 7, 2015 • 70 min
Amy-Jill Levine is a Jewish scholar with a deep love for the New Testament. Her latest book is a detailed, scholarly, and witty investigation of some of Jesus’s parables. It’s called Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.…
#27—Wearing God, a conversation with Lauren F. Winner [MIPodcast]
Jun 23, 2015 • 57 min
“If you, like me, picture God in lots of different ways, or if sometimes God seems easy to speak about, and on some days you have no words for God, and sometimes you feel that there are too many words for God, so many that the abundance stumps you—if that…
#26—Martyrdom past and present, with Jolyon Mitchell [MIPodcast]
May 19, 2015 • 64 min
Last year the Maxwell Institute published a book called On This Day, a translation of the Armenian Church’s ancient collection of stories about martyrs, miracles, and saints, arranged according to the calendar in order to facilitate commemoration. Early…
#25—All about the Jewish Annotated New Testament, with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]
Apr 21, 2015 • 66 min
What do Jewish scholars today have to say about the New Testament? The Jewish Annotated New Testament is a landmark piece of scholarship, representing the first time Jewish scholars have annotated and written essays on the complete New Testament. The…
#24—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, with Martin E. Marty [MIPodcast]
Apr 7, 2015 • 69 min
Dietrich Bonhoeffer On April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazi regime in Germany just two weeks before Allied forces liberated the camp where he was hanged—70 years ago this week. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian.…
#23—Race and Mormonism in the nineteenth century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 2) [MIPodcast]
Mar 26, 2015 • 60 min
This is part two of an interview with historian Paul Reeve, author of the new book Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, and Ardis Parshall, independent historian and author of the Keep-a-Pitchin-In Mormon history…
#22—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 1 of 2) [MIPodcast]
Mar 24, 2015 • 60 min
One of the most anticipated reviews in the upcoming Mormon Studies Review focuses on a landmark book called Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness by W. Paul Reeve. In this special two-part episode, historians Reeve and…
#21—The Bhagavad Gita, with Richard H. Davis [MIPodcast]
Mar 10, 2015 • 81 min
This episode delves into the most famous Hindu book of scripture. The Bhagavad Gita relates a conversation between god and human about war and violence, duty and obligation. Millions have looked to the Gita to gain insight into the struggle for…
#20—Reading the New Testament Gospels with Julie M. Smith [MIPodcast]
Feb 20, 2015 • 57 min
Many Latter-day Saints find it difficult to appreciate the archaic King James language of the New Testament. The gospel writers presented their witnesses to an ancient audience whose customs are unfamiliar to readers today. Biblical scholarship has come a…
#19—Investigating the Dead Sea Scrolls, with John J. Collins [MIPodcast]
Feb 4, 2015 • 67 min
The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. The scrolls include the oldest biblical manuscripts ever found. Most intriguingly, they date from the crucial transitional period when Christianity began to…
#18- Job through the ages, with Mark Larrimore [MIPodcast]
Jan 5, 2015 • 73 min
“Oh, that my words were written down! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever!” (Job 19:23-24) Having indeed been written down, Job’s words are found in one of the most fascinating…
#17- The life of Genesis, with Ronald Hendel [MIPodcast]
Dec 18, 2014 • 65 min
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It’s one of the most easily recognizable opening lines from any literary work, the Book of Genesis, a book that has been interpreted in countless ways over the thousands of years of its existence.…
#16- Peter Enns on reading the Bible critically and religiously [MIPodcast]
Nov 10, 2014 • 75 min
Dr. Peter Enns just released a brand new book called The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. Enns wants the Bible to be interpreted for what it actually seems to be […]
#15- Reading the Bible critically and religiously, with Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]
Oct 14, 2014 • 75 min
Does academic study of the Bible undermine its value or diminish the religious messages it contains? In 2012, three scholars—a Jew, a Protestant, and a Catholic—came together at the intersection of their academic work on the Bible and their religious…
#14- Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the “Great Apostasy,” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young [MIPodcast]
Sep 30, 2014 • 70 min
Miranda Wilcox and John Young recently published one of the most fascinating books ever compiled on the subject of Mormon studies. It’s called Standing Apart. In the book, a group of Latter-day Saint scholars examine Mormonism’s “Great Apostasy” narrative.
#13- What’s the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, featuring David Gordon White [MIPodcast]
Sep 9, 2014 • 67 min
Although the Maxwell Institute focuses its attention primarily on religious texts of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this episode examines a religious text from an eastern tradition (the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali) in order get a better understanding of…
#12- Summer Seminar scholars discuss “The History of the Mormon Family” [MIPodcast]
Aug 22, 2014 • 41 min
What’s it like to participate in the Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture? Six participants from this year’s seminar answer that question in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.
#11- Bernard McGinn on Aquinas’s Summa theologiae [MIPodcast]
Aug 1, 2014 • 72 min
Bernard McGinn recently completed the biography of one of the most influential theological works in Christian history: Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, and he joins us in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast to talk about it. McGinn’s book is…
#10- Spencer, Bokovoy, Miller: Three Mormon scholars discuss the relevance of scripture [MIPodcast]
Jul 10, 2014 • 32 min
This episode features three scholars discussing the relevance of scripture. Last Wednesday, Zion’s Books in Provo, Utah hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject featuring Joseph Spencer, David Bokovoy, and Adam Miller, who read a chapter from his…
#9- John Turner on Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet [MIPodcast]
Jun 23, 2014 • 70 min
It’s all about Brigham Young on this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.
#8- Molly Worthen on faith and the intellect in American Evangelicalism [MIPodcast]
May 16, 2014 • 60 min
In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, historian Molly Worthen joins us to discuss her new book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Evangelical Christians comprise nearly 25% of the population of the United…
#7- Terryl Givens on the Book of Mormon [MIPodcast]
May 2, 2014 • 42 min
New episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast are on the way. In the meantime, this episode features the recording of Terryl L. Givens’s 2009 Laura F. Willes Book of Mormon lecture, “Joseph Smith’s American Bible: Radicalizing the Familiar.” The lecture…
#6- Adam Miller discusses Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast]
Jan 17, 2014 • 61 min
In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, Adam S. Miller discusses his latest book Letters to a Young Mormon. Miller spends his days…
#5- Samuel Brown on In Heaven as It Is on Earth and “Believing Adoption” [MIPodcast]
Nov 1, 2013 • 50 min
In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, physician and historian Samuel M. Brown discusses his book, In Heaven as it is On Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death and his recent BYU Studies article, “Believing Adoption.”
#4- Myron Penner on The End of Apologetics [MIPodcast]
Sep 25, 2013 • 72 min
This episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast focuses on the topic of apologetics, or defending the faith. Myron Bradley Penner, an Anglican priest from Canada, discusses his new book, The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context. In…
#3- James Goldberg on The Five Books of Jesus [MIPodcast]
Sep 9, 2013 • 77 min
In this episode of the MI Podcast, Blair Hodges talks to author James Goldberg about The Five Books of Jesus. James Goldberg is a Mormon author with Jewish and Sikh roots and these background elements permeate his recent novel. The story of Jesus has been…
#2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast]
Aug 14, 2013 • 81 min
Mormon theology and environmental concerns is our topic in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.
#1- Terryl and Fiona Givens, on faith, doubt, and The God Who Weeps [MIPodcast]
Jul 10, 2013 • 76 min
This first episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast features Fiona and Terryl Givens, authors of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. We talk briefly about the book—subjects like the character of God, premortality, and human agency—which…