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PHILOS 2010-001


This course explores the development and contemporary landscape of Mormon intellectual life. 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 faith, reason, science, and revelation. 


  • 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


In conjunction with the Marlin K. Jensen Scholar in Residence program, Brian Birch's course on "The Intellectual Life of Mormonism" is hosting a four-part discussion series featuring Mormon Studies scholars during the fall semester at the University of Utah's Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center.

This panel discussion series will touch on such themes as Mormonism's intellectual legacy, women's history, race and gender, and LDS institutional dynamics. For schedule and more information, click here.


birchBrian D. Birch, Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University
Office Location: Tanner Humanities Center, TBA
Office Hours: T/TH 5:00-6:00pm (or by appointment) | M: 801/230-7168

Brian D. Birch is director of the Religious Studies Program and director of the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University. He specializes in the philosophy of religion, ethics, religious pluralism, and the interdisciplinary study of Mormonism. He is the founding editor of Teaching Ethics and Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Parliament of the World's Religions. He is completing his current book project entitled Mormonism Among Christian Theologies (with Grant Underwood) for Oxford University Press and has begun work on his new project entitled The Intellectual Life of Mormonism: Reason, Faith, and Science Among the Latter-day Saints.


Last Updated: 3/28/19