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Advanced Call for Student Symposium Papers

April 26th, 2019

The 2020 Student Symposium will be held Friday, February 14, 2020. Papers submitted for presentation at the Symposium must be original, faith promoting, and should not be simultaneously submitted to other conferences or journals.  If accepted, each author should plan on fifteen minutes to present their paper.  Papers may focus on a topic of religious significance, including but not limited to scriptural topics, doctrinal topics, history of the Church, ancient religious history, religion and family life, family history, teachings of living prophets, and world religions.

BYU Students Help Make Archaeological Discoveries

September 13th, 2018

This summer five BYU students majoring in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES), led by Dr. Mark Ellison of the Department of Ancient Scripture, spent four weeks working on archaeological excavations at the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq near the Sea of Galilee. BYU is one of the consortium universities participating in the Huqoq excavations, which have been directed by Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since the project began in 2011.

2015 Student Symposium

February 3rd, 2015

Learn about the upcomming 17th Annual Religious Education Student Symposium on Februrary 20, 2015

RSC Book and New Exhibit at Museum to Feature President Packer's Art

July 18th, 2013

​Before construction began on the Monte L. Bean Museum, the Packer family commissioned the Religious Studies Center (RSC) at BYU to publish a book featuring President Packer's lifelong work as an amateur artist. Most of the artwork that will be exhibited in the new wing of the Bean Museum is featured in the book, which is titled The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist by Boyd K. Packer and should be available at the museum when it opens.

2013 BYU Church History Symposium

January 14th, 2013

The title of the 2013 symposium was "Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith's Study of the Ancient World." The keynote speaker, Richard L. Bushman, spoke in the Herold B. Lee Library auditorium, where it was standing room only. In the evening, the plenary session, which was held in the JSB auditorium (BYU), was given by David F. Holland, professor of history at UNLV. Elder Steven E. Snow, the Church historian and recorder, conducted the meeting and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland introduced David Holland. More information. . .

A Lifetime of Service: Elder C. Max Caldwell

November 20th, 2012

Elder Caldwell, you’ve served as a BYU professor, an author, a mission president, a regional representative, a General Authority, and a temple sealer. What do you think has been your greatest contribution?

In my estimation, the Lord has blessed me far more than I ever either expected or felt that I deserved. The greatest contribution of my service opportunities has been my personal spiritual growth and increase of faith and opportunity to feel closer to the Lord and enjoy an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord in every case. If there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that the Lord runs his Church. If we let him and don’t get in the way, we can get his work done just fine. We need to make sure we’re in harmony with what he wants done, through his Holy Spirit—that influences both what we do and who we become.

Exploring the First Vision

November 12th, 2012

New book published by the Religious Studies Center that examines the First Vision in depth. This volume explores some of the seminal articles that discuss Joseph Smith’s First Vision, which were written by the foremost experts who have studied it for half a century. The book includes articles by and interviews with James B. Allen, Richard L. Anderson, Milton V. Backman Jr., Richard L. Bushman, Steven C. Harper, Dean C. Jessee, Larry C. Porter, and John W. Welch.

BYU Religious Education Faculty Updates

November 12th, 2012

Religious Education faculty have made some impressive contributions to published works recently. 

Mormon Yankees

September 18th, 2012

BYU Professor Fred E. Woods' book, Mormon Yankees, tells the inspiring story of full-time missionaries who used basketball in Australia during the mid–twentieth century (1937–61) to build bridges of understanding with the Australians and help bring the Church out of obscurity.

From the Sands of Egypt

September 17th, 2012

For over two decades, BYU has been excavating in an area of Egypt known as the Fayoum.  Our excavation of this pyramid has allowed us to perform a sophisticated analysis of its dimensions and construction techniques. We have discovered some startling parallels that, when fully researched, will alter the way the world thinks about pyramids.