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Gregory Prince - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Prince

Truman Madsen - http://trumanmadsen.com/bio.php

Terryl Givens - http://terryl.givens.googlepages.com/

Will Bagley - http://www.salamandersociety.com/interviews/willbagley/

Daniel Peterson - http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/viewauthor.php?authorID=1

Alex Baugh teaches religion at BYU.
Simon Worrall wrote a book on the Mark Hofmann affair.
Phil Bolinger is president of the Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation.

Alex Caldiero -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Caldiero
(Rasputin-looking poet who gave an over-the-top recitation of the Moroni story.)

Fantastic links. Thanks, Dave.

Jana Richman: http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/catalog/results.pperl?authorid=36360

Robin Lane Fox is a professor at either Oxford or Cambridge; he specializes in classical religion. I'm not sure how Whitney managed to dig him up.

William Morain wrote _The Sword of Laban_, which is a Freudian psychoanalysis of Joseph Smith.

Edwin Firmage, Jr.: a former member best known for "Zion in the Courts", a legal history of the Church. Recently retired law professor at U o f Utah


David, there's a Sr. and a Jr. Firmage; I want to get them straight before I post links. It was Jr. that had a brief spot on the show.

Okay, I fixed the dd and dt tags in my definitions list -- it looks much better now. There will be additional names added to the list (such as D. Michael Quinn) after Part 2 on Tuesday night.

I found a bio for Worrall here.

Ken Clark


Dave, sorry about that. I had Sr. (I believe) as a law professor and just assumed it was him. I missed the first hour last night but will watch the tape to see who it was.

I'd be surprised if it was his son as I think he is a photographer/artist. That's what you get when you assume.

David, it was the photographer/artist. That is one of the more interesting features of the series, I think: there has been a lot of comment from writers, poets, and artists, as well as the usual parade of historians and so-called intellectuals. And the liberal use of LDS art has been interesting, too.

Randy Paul was the voice describing the appearance of Moroni to Joseph (at least the first part), and also spoke on John D. Lee. He is a devoted Mormon, a real estate developer, and the founder of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy.

Thanks for the links.

Here's a link for author Judith Freeman:

Also, she wrote _Red Water_, not _Red Tide_.

Oops, mental slip on that title (Crimson Tide being one of my favorite movies).

There's a brief bio of Carmon Hardy here.

Dave, why is Leonard Arrington on the list? I don't believe he was alive during the filming of this...

doh! Just read the update, please disregard my stupid comments...

Okay, I just finished adding names and links for Part 2, which I thought had considerably more emotional impact than Part 1. I hope readers find the list useful and that those doing posts on some aspect of the series will use the list as a linked resource.

Thanks for doing this. It is very helpful.

I'm not if this is but here's a link for the correct Ed Firmage Jr. It's mostly about his gallery but it looks like it has other material too.


Why is Daniel Peterson "infamous"?

Glen Leonard is no longer Director of the Church Museum of History and Art.

Yeah, I had a hard time nailing down exactly what position Glen Leonard now holds. I think it's actually an Oman that's running the museum at present. Surprisingly, the Church Museum of History and Art has no "staff" or "directors" listing at their website (which is part of the LDS.org domain).

Chad, infamous is a contraction of "Internet" and "famous." Because Peterson is so active in supporting online communities, including visiting this weblog from time to time, he is therefore "infamous."

David, I decided not to link the commercial "name.com" sites. I didn't link Truman Madsen's .com site either.

I enjoyed last night's PBS program on the Mormons. I learned a lot. I still believe to love truth is the highest calling. That is why questions about the historical truth of the Book of Mormon was of interest to me.

At least Smith had the strength of person to introduce a "story" of God that captured the imagination and hearts of many. The old testament of the Holy Bible is filled with these stories. However, the Christian faith has been crippled by the admonition that the Holy Bible is the word of God and any who take from or add to it is subject to eternal damnation. But here, Mr. Smith has accomplished this amazing feat.

It is even more amazing now that other ancient srolls and some original text of the Bible are being unearthed, translated and made available to true seekers of Christ. This new material has captured the hearts of many Christians.

In that vein, I had an idea concerning the inability to substantiate the Book of Mormon claim Jesus and other Isrealites came to the new world.

Well, the newly unearthed early Christian material indicate that Jesus was a Nazorean. His people had a culture separate from the Isrealites. The investigators on PBS were looking to unearth evidence of Jewish language and religion. However, according to the new material in Dead Sea Scrolls and other libraries, perhaps investigators should look for evidence of the story of the tree of life, the seven angels of the earthly mother and the seven angels of the heavenly father and or their corresponding symbols.

Just a thought.

I found a recent summary of Leonard's career at the MESG website here.

A few others:

Billy Johnson is a church pioneer in Ghana and serves as a patriarch there.

Carl Mosser teaches biblical studies at Eastern University, is co-editor of The New Mormon Challenge, and co-wrote a review of How Wide the Divide? for FARMS Review of Books.

Roger Hammer teaches exercise physiology at Central Michigan University.

I'm not sure why Whitney ID'd Jim Clayton as a "political science professor;" he taught legal and economic history in the U's history department (where I took a class from him) and that very department is now raising money for an endowed chair in his name.

Here's my all time favorite comment about the documentary:

That was THE MOST uninformed, distasteful, misguided bunch of JUNK I ever saw. What on earth was a professor of Islam doing talking about us? They needed to pump up the brightness setting on those paintings. And that picture made Jesus look like a Pagan devil-spirit. It gave me bad dreams, making me wake up at 2 a.m.

[Edited - note that the link is to a long list of reader comments posted at the Deseret News. The quoted comment is an actual reader comment.]

RP, I'd have to agree that long page of reader comments at the Deseret News is a little scary -- many Mormons seem to view anything that features a range of opinion on LDS history and doctrine as "anti-Mormon." And they knew this was PBS, not the cults shelf at the local Christian bookstore. LDS leaders (who seemed rather pleased with the series, based on the mildly positive commentary at LDS.org) better rethink the CES and Sunday School curriculum, which is obviously not doing much educating.

Sam Bainson - was in our ward for a while, a native of Ghana. He would wear a white shirt, tie and a very colorful wrap to church. Nice touch!

- Clair

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