Maxwell Institute Podcast
By Blair Dee Hodges
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Top-tier scholars chat about religious texts and traditions.
||MIPodcast #29—Adam Miller’s Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan||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 ori[...]||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#28—The parables of Jesus, with Amy-Jill Levine [MIPodcast]||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 [...]||7/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#27— “Wearing God,” a conversation with Lauren F. Winner [MIPodcast]||“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[...]||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#26—Martyrdom past and present, with Jolyon Mitchell [MIPodcast]||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 commemorat[...]||5/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#25—All about the Jewish Annotated New Testament, with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]||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. Th[...]||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#24—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, with Martin E. Marty [MIPodcast]||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 theol[...||4/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#23—Race and Mormonism in the nineteenth century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 2) [MIPodcast]||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 histor[...]||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#22—Race and Mormonism in the 19th century, with Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (part 1 of 2) [MIPodcast]||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 Reev[...]||3/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#21—The Bhagavad Gita, with Richard H. Davis [MIPodcast]||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 self[.||3/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#20—Reading the New Testament Gospels with Julie M. Smith [MIPodcast]||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 [...]||2/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#19—Investigating the Dead Sea Scrolls, with John J. Collins [MIPodcast]||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 beg[...]||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#18- Job through the ages, with Mark Larrimore [MIPodcast]||“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 m[...]||1/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||#17- The life of Genesis, with Ronald Hendel [MIPodcast]||“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[...]||12/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#16- Peter Enns on reading the Bible critically and religiously [MIPodcast]||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 [...]||11/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#15- Reading the Bible critically and religiously, with Marc Brettler [MIPodcast]||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 religiou[.||10/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#14- Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the “Great Apostasy,” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young [MIPodcast]||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" nar[...]||9/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#13- What’s the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, featuring David Gordon White [MIPodcast]||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[...]||9/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#12- Summer Seminar scholars discuss “The History of the Mormon Family” [MIPodcast]||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.||8/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#11- Bernard McGinn on Aquinas’s Summa theologiae [MIPodcast]||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[...]||8/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#10- Spencer, Bokovoy, Miller: Three Mormon scholars discuss the relevance of scripture [MIPodcast]||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 h[...]||7/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#9- John Turner on Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet [MIPodcast]||It’s all about Brigham Young on this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.||6/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#8- Molly Worthen on faith and the intellect in American Evangelicalism [MIPodcast]||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 Un[...]||5/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#7- Terryl Givens on the Book of Mormon [MIPodcast]||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 [...]||5/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#6- Adam Miller discusses Letters to a Young Mormon [MIPodcast]||In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, Adam S. Miller discusses his latest book Letters to a Young Mormon. Miller spends his days...||1/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||#5- Samuel Brown on In Heaven as It Is on Earth and “Believing Adoption” [MIPodcast]||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."||11/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||#4- Myron Penner on The End of Apologetics [MIPodcast]||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 Contex[...]||9/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||#3- James Goldberg on The Five Books of Jesus [MIPodcast]||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 ha[...]||9/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||#2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast]||Mormon theology and environmental concerns is our topic in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.||8/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||#1- Terryl and Fiona Givens, on faith, doubt, and The God Who Weeps [MIPodcast]||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—[||7/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
A wonderful listen.
I have listened to six episodes this week, and plan to listen to many more. The host does a wonderful job, and asks thoughtful, informed questions. Each guest has been interesting and insightful. If you care about Mormon Studies and/or Mormonism, this podcast makes a wonderful, wonderful listen.
There has been an explosion of Mormon-themed podcasts in recent years. From Mormon Stories to FAIR to Mormon Expressions to a host of others, there is enough LDS discussion to keep one busy until their eardrums burst. Yet too many of them fail to carve out their own niche and prove their worth above the others, and often blend together into an amorphous avalanche of the same topics and same opinions. Finally, here is a podcast that knows and executes its well-crafted purpose: to provide a venue for academics to translate their work to a general LDS audience. The Maxwell Institute's clear vision for the podcast make it easy to listen to and addictive to follow. Further, Blair Hodges blows all the other Mormon-themed podcast hosts out of the water, as hist solid presence, tight control, and smart questioning keep the discussions on topic (a trait rarely seen in Mormon-themed podcasts) and intellectually invigorating.
In a sea of Mormon bloating in podcast form, this is truly the one to listen to above all others.
Informative without the Polemics
There are many Mormon-themed podcasts, but this one is by far one of the better ones. The hosts (Blair and Kirk) are engaging, their guests are interesting, and their approach to Mormonism is neither merely devotional nor polemical, as unfortunately happens way too often with other podcasts. This is easily the Mormon podcast most worth listening to.
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