Examining the “Mormon” in “Mormon Studies” – Part 1 of 2
The following post is co-written by Alexandria Griffin and Michael Haycock, both in the Master’s program in Religion at Claremont Graduate University. The views represented below are their own.
About a month ago, the Claremont Mormon Studies Student Association (CMSSA) had the opportunity to host a lunch meeting with BYU political philosophy professor Ralph Hancock. In preparation for our conversation, we were sent Hancock’s Times and Seasons blog posts regarding Mormon Studies.
Toward “Mormon Studies”: Part 2 of 2
Part Two was written (once again, by Alexandria Griffin and Michael Haycock) before the posting of Part One -that is, when the authors were still uncertain whether Loyd Ericson’s article was meant to be prescriptive or descriptive- and was intended as an alternative to the taxonomy of those who could be seen as doing Mormon Studies presented in Ericson’s paper. Recognizing now that Ericson intended to be descriptive, the following should be read instead as an alternative to the atmosphere surrounding much of Mormon Studies at present (which we feel Ericson described quite well). Indeed, his categories formed a helpful basis for our thoughts as we composed the post below, especially in considering how Mormon Studies has been viewed, is presently viewed, and can be viewed in the future.
Spending Sunday Morning in the Mormon Family
For Patrick Mason’s “Introduction to Mormonism” class this semester, each student in the course (all of whom are non-Mormon) was required to attend a full three-hour block of Mormon Sunday meetings and report on their experience. Several of his students have abridged their papers so that they could be posted on this blog. The following reflection was written by Catrina Ellis, a first-year Master’s student in religion at CGU for whom Mormon Studies is a concentration. Names have been changed.
Mormon Studies as a Counterweight
This blog post, written by CGU PhD student Tom Evans, references the recent CGU Conference in honor of Armand Mauss. The video will be uploaded to the CGU servers soon. Stay tuned for updates to this post and future posts that will direct you to the streaming videos of this conference and other guest speakers.
Unique, but Familiar
For Patrick Mason’s “Introduction to Mormonism” class this semester, each student in the course (all of whom are non-Mormon) was required to attend a full three-hour block of Mormon Sunday meetings and report on their experience. Several of his students have abridged their papers so that they could be posted on this blog. The following reflection was written by Teresa Crist, a first-year Master’s student in religion at CGU. Names have been changed.
Is Mormon Studies Possible at a Mormon University?
Richard T. Livingston, who contributed the post below, is a PhD candidate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University and an adjunct instructor in the Comparative Religion Department at California State University, Fullerton, where he teaches an introductory course on Mormonism. He also bears the distinction of having been the founding president of the CMSSA.
This was originally posted at Peculiar People on April 22, 2013; it can be found here. We welcome his perspective on Mormon Studies as an academic discipline and hope that it will spark productive conversation.