Faith and Intellect: The Lives and Contributions of Latter-day Saint Thinkers

Faith and Intellect: The Lives and Contributions of Latter-day Saint Thinkers

by Leonard J Arrington

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Joseph Smith was not the first to found a Christian denomination, but his addition of a new book of scripture on par with the Bible set him and his movement apart. Even before 1830, Smith was both dismissed and admired, embraced and rejected. But most observers agree that he has rightfully earned a significant place in American religious history. Many of the followers he attracted in his day and after have also helped to shape LDS thought. This volume highlights the lives and contributions of Smith, his successor Brigham Young, and eleven others, including Lowell Bennion, Claudia L. Bushman, Hugh Nibley, Chieko Okazaki, B. H. Roberts, James E. Talmage, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Emmeline B. Wells. All together, the women and men profiled here span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and illuminate what the LDS Church has meant, and continues to mean, to its most thoughtful members. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560853602
Publisher: Signature Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Leonard J. Arrington served as the first-ever academically credentialed Church Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1972 to 1982. Among his many books are Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints (1958) and Brigham Young: American Moses (1985), which won the Evans Biography Award. He is co-author with Davis Bitton of The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints (1979). Arrington is the recipient of awards from the Mormon History Association and the Western History Association and taught at North Carolina State University, University of California at Los Angeles, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University. During his tenure at BYU, he was Lemuel Redd Professor of Western History and also director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History.

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“These essays are written in the historical tradition of exemplary lives. I try to give a vision of greatness in both intellect and faith among selected LDS leaders. The men and women described are human beings, with observable imperfections, but they exhibited, I believe, intellectual vitality, spiritual power, and moral courage, and appealed to ‘the better angels of our nature.’ God’s spirit shone through their writings and actions.”

Table of Contents

Foreword Philip L. Barlow vii

Editor's Preface xv

Introduction: Faith and Intellect as Partners 1

1 Intellectual and Man of the People Joseph Smith 9

2 Practical Leader and Visionary Brigham Young 59

3 Poet-Journalist and Feminist Emmeline B. Wells 59

4 Advocates for Education James E. Talmage B. H. Roberts W. H. Chamberlin 83

5 Conservative Philosopher J. Reuben Clark Jr. 117

6 Faithful Intellectuals Lowell Bennion Henry Eyring Hugh Nibley 137

7 Educators and Humanists Chieko Okazaki Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Claudia Lauper Bushman 157

Conclusion 175

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