July 15, 2010

FAIR Podcast, Episode 2: Terryl L. Givens

For this episode host Blair Hodges sat down with Dr. Terryl L. Givens during the Mormon Scholars Foundation Summer Seminar at Brigham Young University. Blair uses selections from Givens's books as jumping off points for further discussion on a wide array of subjects, including: nineteenth-century anti-Mormon literature, the Book of Mormon, prisca theologia, the paradox of searching and certainty, recent developments in Mormon studies, Parley P. Pratt, the preexistence, globalization, thoughtful faith, and dealing with difficult historical and theological puzzles.

Questions about this episode and ideas for future episodes can be added to the comments section here, at the FAIR blog, or emailed to podcast@fairlds.org.

Dr. Givens is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He has authored several books, including The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (Oxford 1997); By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion (Oxford 2003); People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture (Oxford 2007); The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2009); and When Souls had Wings: Pre-Mortal Life in Western Thought (2010). His current projects include a biography of Parley P. Pratt (with Matt Grow, to be published by Oxford in 2011), a sourcebook of Mormonism in America (with Reid Neilson, to be published by Columbia in 2011), a history of Mormon theology (with Steven Harper), and a study of the idea of human perfectibility in the Western tradition. He lives in Montpelier, Virginia. (Image and bio info from http://terrylgivens.com/.)


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Mike Reed said...

Well done Blair. I ejoyed this episode. Thank you.

Ben said...

Nice. Both enjoyable and informative. Thanks for doing it.

Aaron R. said...

Blair, is this available on itunes? If not I'm still looking forward to it, but it would be good to be able to subscribe to the podcast.

BHodges said...

Scott Gordon is supposed to be working on getting a FAIR podcast link in iTunes, I'm not sure how long it will take. I just throw the files right into my own iTunes to play for now.

Thanks Mike and Ben.

Craig M. said...

Great podcast!

reed russell said...

Excellent interview, Blair and Terryl. This is definitely a two or three-listen interview. So many interesting insights and asides that, when stopping a few moments to ponder, the interview had quickly moved on to something else just as fascinating. Thanks to both of you!

Jared* said...

I could listen to Givens all day. Nice work. Thanks!

aquinas said...

I really enjoyed this interview. Great job. I'm looking forward to the upcoming volumes.

BHodges said...

Thanks aquinas. Richard Bushman is coming up soon.

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