Will it be taught by Rob Decker or Sylvia Johnson? TICActually, glad to
see them do it.
I am sure that colleges in Vermont teach classes on making maple syrup.Colleges in Kentucky teach classes on tobacco.I am not saying the course
on mormon lit is wrong -- I am saying it's obvious.
The University of Utah is in deep water. Better stick with "Songs of
Solomon" and the like.
The U is resembling BYU more and more. Only at BYU taking the Book of Mormon
class is mandatory.
I think there's something incomplete about the writer's reporting on
this planned course. A course that takes up the study of a text or texts in an
academic setting will always engage with questions of what it communicates to
readers about itself, and how readers have received and interpreted the text
over the course of its life. It's hard to imagine an approach that
doesn't consider the text to be an instance of early 19th century US
frontier literature. I wonder what the course is really up to. The idea is
tantalizing but the course makes no sense as described. The title itself is
misleading. It would be more accurate, i believe, to describe it as a course on
the textual qualities of the BOM; using the term 'literary qualities'
is a bit of misdirection or misunderstanding.
Literary qualities? Really?I wonder if this study will expand to
other courses in religious books such as ________ (insert here)?
Surprise, surprise......The LDS Church is a major contributor to the U of U.
Always has been. The Church recently donated $4.4 million for the construction
of a new law school building at the U. I am not saying there is any connection
to donations and courses taught on campus, in fact, I support the idea of
teaching religious courses at public universities. Too often, religion is run
off of college campuses. Great opportunity for those who want to study the
literary contributions of the Book of Mormon.
It will only be a few years and this will be a Mormon bashing course. It will
not explore the chiasmic forms of Hebrew literature or the contrasting
parallelisms found in it. This is how it will go down, Step 1) pretend to be
very excited to teach the great literary work found in the Book of Mormon and
its contributions. Step 2) Get accepted and approved to teach a University
course on it. Step 3) Tear it to shreds.
This could be interesting to have an actual academic level discussion on the
literary qualities of the Book of Mormon. That makes much more sense than
having a professor or an aid give a rant on the book, quoting what they have
read from commentators on the internet.Just saying it will be more
meaningful and interesting to have an open dialogue, in which students and the
professor can have a discussion.About time a University expands
their courses to start including scriptures etc. We spend soo much time reading
novels and literary classics which some hold in high regard, but, hold very
little in substance and value. If we as a society are willing to focus on lesser
things, then why not focus on literature that has actually changed course for
Years ago I took the U's course in the English dept. on the Bible as
literature. The professor was Jack Something, and he was terrific. He never
demeaned any religious interpretation. The purpose of the class was to
understand the many different kinds of writings in the Bible and their
qualities. I learned to love the poetry of the Bible, which is intensely
beautiful. I trust the U to give the BoM a respectful treatment.
Yes, study the Book of Mormon, wrap your literary minds around it's
literary qualities and find that it is like an iron rod that will help you feel
your way through the mists of darkness to the tree of life.
How special, a taxpayer-funded course designed to demean the divine origin of
the Book of Mormon. That this type of course would be taught at the most
anti-Mormon institution on the planet, the University of Utah, should surprise
EdGrady,Blanket statements and accusations are not helpful. Do you
seriously believe that the LDS Church would remain a major contributor of the U
of U if it was indeed the most anti Mormon school on the planet. Also, the
current and previous president of the LDS Church are/were proud U of U
graduates. Along with a lot of other church authorities I might add.
Nineteenth century historians of religion talk about the Book of Mormon all the
time, but only a handful actual analyze the text and what it meant to people at
that time. Even though I am not LDS I have read the book and it is a great
window into the theological concerns of the day. As Alexander Campbell observed,
the Book of Mormon does in fact address and resolve all the great controversies
of the time.
If this truly is a course to study the literary qualities of the Book of Mormon,
instead of bashing, it will become readily evident to the honest in heart that
the Book of Mormon originates from ancient Semitic literary influences, and NOT
from anyone's 19th century, western-influenced imagination. Hebraisms (literary influences from Hebrew grammar and sentence structure),
are abundant in The Book of Mormon including: simile curses, poetic
parallelisms, repeated alternates, prophetic perfect case, climax, prophetic
speech formula, compound prepositions, plural amplification, number usage,
construct state, many “ands”, repetition of the possesive pronoun,
emphatic pronoun, word order, adverbials, cognate accusative of
“possess” and “inheritance”, "if/and"
conditional sentences, relative clauses and chiasmus. The Book of
Mormon also includes quotes from Isaiah sourced back to at least 600 B.C. It is
interesting to note that the Book of Mormon Isaiah texts match closely to the
Dead Sea Scrolls, while the Isaiah texts in the King James Bible are less
accurate; possibly from the Bible text being translated from one language to
another.It would be interesting to see what honest in heart Jewish
literary scholars would add to the course.
Can a liberal University really do this justice?
I love the Book of Mormon. I'm also a writer, and find certain passages of
the Book of Mormon to be brilliant and poetic and powerful. The U students will
be lucky to get to study it.
Why do I see most of the discussion in this class tending to DIS the Book Of
Mormon... probably because I graduated from the University of Utah and I know
how the discussions went in all my Humanities courses at the U when religion
came up.Great school, just knowing the student body in general,
it's not a good place to get an objective take on religious topics, or a
fair shake for anything Mormon related.
WOW! To the comments suggesting that the purpose of the course is to knock the
book and mormons!I don't know that University, but most Americans
would find that calling it a center for anti-mormonism, while it is located in
Utah, and depends on mormon donors, a mormon-dominated State Government, etc, is
pretty extreme.Some religions welcome study and questioning. Members of
the lds church, particularly in smaller cities, have a reputation suggesting
that any questioning of the perfection of the books, the religion, church
leaders, etc, is to be met with hostility
@ Henry Drummond - San Jose, CA - "....Even though I am not LDS I have read
the book and it is a great window into the theological concerns of the day. As
Alexander Campbell observed, the Book of Mormon does in fact address and resolve
all the great controversies of the time."Henry, that is a nice
compliment you gave the (LDS church as a whole) based on your observations of
the Book of Mormon. Simple, honest introspection reveals that no honest man
would lie about it's origin and no dishonest man would write something so
powerful in it's repeated insistence to live a godly and honorable life.Have you ever thought of joining us?
Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson was the keynote speaker at the U of
U';s commencement exercises a few years ago and was given an honorary
doctorate degree and was honored at half time recently of a football game as a
super fan. The U of U is an excellent place for this class. Good luck with the