Mark Wrathall joins us online Sunday to talk Alma

In this week’s Book of Mormon Conversation, Oxford professor Mark Wrathall will be talking with a board member of the John A. Widtsoe Foundation about the brief theological introduction to the last 33 chapters of the book of Alma. It's all about justice and mercy. 

Wrathall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College. 

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Annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture to feature Kate Holbrook

“The Weight of Legacy: a Disciple-Scholar's View”
Saturday, November 7
7 pm (MST)
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As residents of a city on a hill, we must not hide our lights under a bushel. In more contemporary terms, we feel called to leave a mark on the world for good, to “make the world a better place.”

But John Winthrop’s city on a hill metaphor was from a sermon less about being an example and more about selfless cooperation. Christ’s purpose for the light above the bushel was to shine so that others in the house could share that essential resource.

In our lives, concerns about legacy can quickly undermine our noblest intentions, break our sense of self and community, and breed toxic competition. Fixation on legacy can hamper both scholarship and discipleship in complex and interacting ways. But the disciple’s path can help scholars and non-scholars alike—allowing us to handle our failures, and even our success, in beneficial and holy ways.

This special online premiere will include live Q&A with Dr. Holbrook. The video will be available afterward on the Maxwell Institute YouTube channel.

Upcoming Online Events

  • October 18  |  3 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Alma 30–63
    Mark Wrathall, with Chris Eastland
    Details  |  Register
  • October 25  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Helaman
    Kimberly Matheson Berkey, with Jacob Rennaker
    Details  |  Register
  • November 7  |  7 PM (MST)
    2020 Neal A. Maxwell Lecture
    Kate Holbrook, "The Weight of Legacy: a Disciple-Scholar's View"


Application deadline approaches for our next visiting research associate at Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies
We are seeking to appoint a new visiting research associate at the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies. With a desired start date of September 1, 2021, we are accepting applications until November 1, 2020.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a field such as Christian history, theology, religious studies, ancient studies, biblical studies, philosophy or other related fields with research plans to deepen understanding of the Book of Mormon.

The initial term is twelve months, with the possibility of annual renewal for a combined maximum of three years. Salary and research support will be negotiated.

For full application requirements and to apply, visit and search for job ID 92806.


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