BYU STUDIES Volume 49 • Issue 2 • 2010

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BYU Studies volume 49, no. 2, features the proceedings of “Inquiry, Scholarship, and Learning and Teaching in Religiously Affiliated Colleges and Universities,” a conference held at Brigham Young University in February 2009. Presenters at the conference included BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, BYU faculty members, dean of Baylor University’s Honors College Thomas S. Hibbs, and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities President Sandra Elman. Related to the conference proceedings is an article by BYU Archivist J. Gordon Daines III on President Franklin S. Harris’s successful efforts to see BYU attain accreditation in the 1920s.

Also featured in this issue are two important articles on different aspects of LDS Church history. In “Robert J. Matthews and the RLDS Church’s Inspired Version of the Bible,” Thomas E. Sherry recounts Matthews’s efforts to obtain access to original documents held by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at a time when the RLDS Church was reexamining its official position on Joseph Smith’s revelations and translations. In his article “Legal Insights into the Organization of the Church in 1830,” David Keith Stott shares his research on the question of whether or not the LDS Church was actually incorporated at its founding.

Also in issue 49.2 are a lecture given at Harvard Law School, “Mere Mormonism,” by Thomas B. Griffith, a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; a personal essay, “A Local Faith,” by William & Mary Law School professor Nathan B. Oman; BYU Studies poetry editor Casualene Meyer’s essay “Would That All God’s Children Were Poets”; a tribute by Neal E. Lambert to BYU Studies founding editor Clinton F. Larson; and two book reviews.

Contents — Volume 49 Number 2 (2010)


"Inquiry, Scholarship, and Learning and Teaching in Religiously Affiliated Colleges and Universities" by Gerrit W. Gong

Part 1: Inquiry, Scholarship, and Learning and Teaching

"Integration, Inquiry, and the Hopeful Search for Truth" by Thomas S. Hibbs

"Faith and Inquiry" by Justin F. White

"Academic Freedom at BYU from the Perspective of Someone Who Is Not a Latter-day Saint" by Brent D. Slife

"The Academic Anablep" by Bonnie Brinton

Part 2: Tolerance, Diversity, and Community

"Tolerance, Diversity, and Community: The Role of Regional Accreditation" by Sandra Elman

"Poetry, the Other, and BYU" by Natalie Quinn

"Acknowledging Differences While Avoiding Contention" by Renata T. Forste

"Individual and Institutional Academic Freedom" by James D. Gordon III

Part 3: Concluding Comments

"Questions I Ask Myself" by Cecil O. Samuelson


"Beehive and Portic" byo John S. Tanner


'The Vision That You Have . . . Augurs Well for the Development of Still Better Things': The Role of Accreditation in Securing the Future of Brigham Young University, 1921–1928" by J. Gordon Daines III

"Robert J. Matthews and the RLDS Church's Inspired Version of the Bible" by Thomas E. Sherry

"Legal Insights into the Organization of the Church in 1830" by David K. Stott

"Mere Mormonism" by Thomas B. Griffith


"A Local Faith" by Nathan B. Oman

"Would That All God's Children Were Poets" by Casualene Meyer

"Clinton F. Larson: 'I Miss His Booming Laugh'" by Neal E. Lambert


"Covered Wagons and A Child's Eye" by Clinton F. Larson

"Christ the Mariner" by Clinton F. Larson

Book Reviews

The Temple of Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future by John M. Lundquist, reviewed by Jared W. Ludlow

On Zion's Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape by Jared Farmer, reviewed by Jill T. Rudy

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