Y Religion

By BYU Religious Education

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R.L. Hall
 Apr 2, 2020
Thank you for these delightful podcasts. I have enjoyed each of them and look forward to many more. It's great to hear from scholars full of faith; converted in both mind and heart, serving with all their minds and hearts.


Each year, religion professors at Brigham Young University (BYU) produce hundreds of publications on subjects related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This podcast brings this research into one place to enlighten the everyday seeker of truth. Interviewing the author, we discuss why the study was done, why it matters, and why the professor chooses to be both a scholar, and a disciple. This is Y Religion.

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Episode 5: Women Expounding Scripture (Amy Easton-Flake)

The Lord told Emma Smith to “expound scriptures” by the Spirit, saying this was his “voice unto all.” So how did women of the Church in the 19th century use the scriptures, in particular the Bible, in their teaching, exhorting, and writing? In this episode, Dr. Amy Easton-Flake discusses her research publications about how early Latter-day Saint women used scripture to understand their divine roles and change their society, and why modern Latter-day Saint women should do the same.

Click here and here to read Professor Easton-Flake's articles on the subject. 

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Apr 01, 2020
Episode 4: Remembering the First Vision (Steven Harper)

Joseph Smith’s First Vision is often the first story we tell in the narrative of the Restoration.  But that was not always the case.  It took about 50 years for the First Vision to become solidified as a foundational story of the Church. In this episode, BYU professor Steven Harper discusses his landmark research publication about how the First Vision was remembered and interpreted by Joseph Smith, and why thoughtfully doing the same today is essential for Latter-day Saints. 

Click here to get Professor Harper’s book, or here or to read a published essay on the subject.

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Mar 16, 2020
Episode 3: Dreams as Revelation (Craig Manscill)

It’s not uncommon to have vivid dreams. Sometimes we may even feel like our dreams have a divine message. How do we differentiate when our dreams are random, and when they are revelatory? In this episode, Dr. Craig Manscill discusses examples and principles of dreams as revelation, and why he and his co-authors researched this important religious subject.

Click here to read Professor Manscill, Woodger, and Alford's publication.

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Mar 01, 2020
Episode 2: Women and Priesthood (Barbara Morgan Gardner)

Questions about Latter-day Saint women and priesthood have been swirling for years. In this episode, Dr. Barbara Morgan Gardner shares her research that provides insights into why Latter-day Saint women have priesthood, and why understanding differences between ecclesiastical, familial, and covenantal priesthood can help us grasp the divine power and authority available to us all.

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Feb 01, 2020
Episode 1: The Atoning Crucifixion (John Hilton III)

It’s not uncommon for Latter-day Saints to say that Christ atoned in the Garden of Gethsemane, but not on the cross.  In this episode, Dr. John Hilton III explores why this typical answer doesn’t align with LDS scriptural teachings on the crucifixion, why it should, and why the cross can be a symbol of a living, and a loving Savior.  

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Feb 01, 2020