Scholars & Saints Podcast

Hosted by doctoral student Stephen Betts, Scholars & Saints explores some of the most pressing issues and cutting-edge methods in Mormon Studies, and puts them in conversation with scholarship from the discipline of Religious Studies.



Mormon Visual Culture & The American West (feat. Nathan Rees)

December 14, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

Professor Nathan Rees (University of West Georgia) joins me to discuss his book Mormon Visual Culture and the American West. We chat…

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The Last Mormon Liberal (feat. Kristine Haglund)

December 10, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

Partly as the church has changed, partly as the world around us has fragmented in evermore specialized and siloed categories, I…

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Vardis Fisher and the Literature of Mormon Unbelief (feat. Michael Austin)

December 5, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

“What I say in the book is he was a religious unbeliever, but Mormonism was the religion that he didn’t believe…

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2021 Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty – Going Forward With Religious Freedom & Nondiscrimination (feat. Dallin H. Oaks)

November 7, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered the…

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The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (feat. Robin Jensen)

November 5, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

I’m joined today by Robin Jensen—historian and documentary editor at the Joseph Smith Papers project. Dr. Jensen has edited multiple volumes…

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The Uncanny Mormon Smile (feat. Kathryn Lofton)

November 3, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

I’m joined today by Kathryn Lofton, Lex Hixon Professor of Religious Studies and American studies, Professor of History and Divinity,…

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2022 Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty – LGBTQ+ Equality & Religious Liberty (feat. William Eskridge)

November 2, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

Professor William N. Eskridge of Yale Law School, a renowned expert on the judicial interpretation of statutory law, delivered the eighth…

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Latter-day Saints & Mormon Studies in West Africa (feat. Amaechi Okafor)

August 22, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

Amaechi Okafor, PhD Candidate in History at Concordia University, joins me to discuss his ethnographic fieldwork among Latter-day Saints in Nigeria….

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Joseph Smith’s Theology of Media (feat. John Durham Peters)

August 8, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

Professor John Durham Peters of Yale University joins me to discuss his 2016 essay in Critical Inquiry, “Recording Beyond the Grave: Joseph Smith’s…

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The Tragic Universe of Mormon Theologian Eugene England (feat. Terryl Givens)

August 1, 2022

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

I’m joined today by Terryl Givens, Neil A. Maxwell Senior Fellow at Brigham Young University’s Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and…

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