SYLLABUS: Brian Birch, “The Intellectual Life of Mormonism”

PHIL 2010, University of Utah 2016

Course Description:

This course explores the development and contemporary landscape of Mormon intellectual engagement. It examines key episodes in Latter-day Saint history that shaped the development of policies, practices, and movements related to the study of Mormonism. The course also addresses distinctive features of the tradition that have served to regulate and constrain forms of academic activity within the ranks of the LDS Church. Finally, the course will situate Mormon ideas and practices relative to perennial questions related to reason, faith, science, and revelation.

Key Themes:

  • The dynamics of faith and reason in Mormon thought
  • Science, religion, and Mormon cosmology
  • Revelation and authoritative discourse
  • The role of theology and apologetics
  • The mainstreaming of Mormon Studies