On July 9 at 7 PM, join Gerald Smith for a discussion and book signing for his book Schooling the Prophet: How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration. The event will be held at The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City.
On Thursday, 24 March 2016, at 4:00pm in room 303 in the Law School (JRCB) at BYU-Provo, John W. Welch will be leading a discussion about the Trial of Jesus. Below is a flyer for this event, which is sponsored by the student association on Ancient Law. Anyone is welcome to attend.
The Maxwell Institute is hosting a colloquium for Richard Bushman this summer (more information may be found here). As part of that colloquium, the Maxwell Institute will present a Book of Gratitude consisting of letters sent for inclusion in that book. If Dr. Bushman’s work has inspired you, you are invited to send along your thanks for possible inclusion in this Book of Gratitude. For instructions on how you may contribute to this wonderful effort, click here.
We at the Interpreter Foundation were deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of our dear colleague, the Catholic philosopher and theologian Stephen H. Webb, on Saturday, 5 March 2016. Among other things, we had been looking forward to spending time with him this coming weekend; he was scheduled to speak at the Foundation’s symposium on science and Mormonism.
Stephen was a warm friend of the Latter-day Saints, both intellectually and personally. Among his many publications are Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints (Oxford, 2013) and, with Alonzo L. Gaskill, Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation (Oxford, 2015).
His remarks on “Why Mormon Materialism Matters,” delivered at the August 2015 FairMormon conference, are available online at http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2015-fairmormon-conference/why-mormon-materialism-matters, as is a video of his remarkable discussion with Margaret Barker at the Interpreter Foundation’s August 2015 birthday party (http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/an-evening-with-margaret-barker-stephen-webb/).
We had hoped and expected to hear much more from Stephen. More importantly, though, we are heartsick at this terrible loss. We pray that God’s comfort and blessing will rest upon his wife and their five children, and upon the many people who knew and loved him. And we look forward to the day when “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Video is now available of the presentation by Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen, Sept. 8, 2015. Sponsored by the Laura F. Willes Center, the BYU Religious Studies Center, and BYU Studies.