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by Richard Lyman Bushman,Reid Neilson,Jed Woodworth


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A careful scholar, he has always balanced the academic with the religious. Dennis Lythgoe Deseret Morning News). Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University.

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Columbia University Press, 2004. Richard Lyman Bushman, Believing History: Latter-Day Saint Essays (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), 21-22. BYU Religious Studies Center. Bushman, Richard (2004). Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays. Richard Lyman Bushman, the Story of Joseph Smith and Mormonism, and the New Mormon History".

Richard Lyman Bushman. Believing History offers many surprises. Published by: Columbia University Press. Book Description: The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith and the history of his religion. By describing his own struggle to find a basis for belief in a skeptical world, Bushman poses the question of how scholars are to write about subjects in which they are personally invested. Believers will learn that Joseph Smith is more than an icon, and non-believers will find that Mormonism cannot be summed up with a simple label.

The Latter Day Saint movement is a religious movement within Christianity that arose during the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century and that led to the set of doctrines, practices, and cultures called Mormonism, and to the existence of . .

The Latter Day Saint movement is a religious movement within Christianity that arose during the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century and that led to the set of doctrines, practices, and cultures called Mormonism, and to the existence of numerous Latter Day Saint churches. Its history is characterized by intense controversy and persecution in reaction to some of the movement's doctrines and practices and their relationship to mainstream Christianity (see Mormonism and Christianity)

The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith and the history of his religion.

The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith and the history of his religion. Does personal commitment make objectivity impossible? Bushman explicitly, and at points confessionally, explains his own commitments and then explores Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon from the standpoint of belief.

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Believing History book . The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith. This is a collection of essays on historical Mormonism by Richard Lyman Bushman, author of the cultural Joseph Smith biography, Rough Stone Rolling. I chose to read this because I look for inspiration from academics who have faced all the intellectual depreciation for religion out there and still have strong testimonies. I have remained a believing, practicing Latter-Day Saint to this day while knowing that my belief and practice are an offense to modern thinking, he writes in the Introduction. Hey, you had me at believing!

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Richard Lyman Bushman (born June 20, 1931) is an American historian and Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University. Columbia University Press, 2004.

13. By analogy, the Bible seems to have been a frequent catalyst for Joseph Smith’s revelations about God’s dealings with His ancient covenant people.

The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith and the history of his religion. By describing his own struggle to find a basis for belief in a skeptical world, Bushman poses the question of how scholars are to write about subjects in which they are personally invested. Does personal commitment make objectivity impossible? Bushman explicitly, and at points confessionally, explains his own commitments and then explores Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon from the standpoint of belief.Joseph Smith cannot be dismissed as a colorful fraud, Bushman argues, nor seen only as a restorer of religious truth. Entangled in nineteenth-century Yankee culture―including the skeptical Enlightenment―Smith was nevertheless an original who cut his own path. And while there are multiple contexts from which to draw an understanding of Joseph Smith (including magic, seekers, the Second Great Awakening, communitarianism, restorationism, and more), Bushman suggests that Smith stood at the cusp of modernity and presented the possibility of belief in a time of growing skepticism. When examined carefully, the Book of Mormon is found to have intricate subplots and peculiar cultural twists. Bushman discusses the book's ambivalence toward republican government, explores the culture of the Lamanites (the enemies of the favored people), and traces the book's fascination with records, translation, and history. Yet Believing History also sheds light on the meaning of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon today. How do we situate Mormonism in American history? Is Mormonism relevant in the modern world? Believing History offers many surprises. Believers will learn that Joseph Smith is more than an icon, and non-believers will find that Mormonism cannot be summed up with a simple label. But wherever readers stand on Bushman's arguments, he provides us with a provocative and open look at a believing historian studying his own faith.

Comments: (7)

Katishi
This book is a collection of mind-stretching, fascinating, well-written and researched articles by historian Richard L. Bushman given or written at different phases in his life. One article tells of his journey to faith, about why he is a believing member of The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints despite being unable to give an objective, scientific proof. Another talks about the dilemma of historians and the idea of writing objective history. Another article discusses the tradition of hate that motivated the Lamanites in the Book of Mormon. Another article looks at the politics of the Book of Mormon people, and another looks at Joseph Smith's conception of space--the geography of a city, the movement of people. Yet another one looked at our ideas of refinement and culture and asks if Joseph Smith was a gentleman. I loved the ideas and thoughts and questions that Bushman raised. I can't praise this book enough!
Ximinon
Bushman IS always worth reading and this compilation of essays on Latter-day Saint history is no exception. However, this book is most valuable as a resource for a "smart" doubter. Bushman is a respected historian teaching at Columbia University and a faithful Latter-day Saint serving as a stake Patriarch. He is a responsible historian in that he will not hide troubling evidence, but he is an admirable Latter-day Saint in that he unabashedly maintains his faith regardless. This book's contents is not a compilation of not milk-toast inspirational fluff or faith destroying deal-breakers for Bushman and he shows why. If you have an intellectual loved one struggling with some aspect of the history of the Church, from Joseph Smith as Prophet, to the translation of the Book of Mormon and other topics, this is the volume to get. It will not insult them with bald faced apologetics, nor deepen their doubt, but instead engage with them in the intellectual conversation of "Believing History."
Tygrarad
I became a huge fan of Dr. Bushman after reading "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling." In discussing my recent decision to reread "Rough Stone Rolling" (second time) with a friend, he recommended that I try "Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays." I was not disappointed.

Bushman's historical, academic, and faith perspectives combine to provide a seldom heard but much needed perspective. I find myself discussing the perspectives in "Believing History" with many people of different faiths and of no faith.

To quote from one of my favorite essays in the book, "The Social Dimensions of Rationality" (relates to accusations directed at people of faith re: their lack of objectivity):

"Objectivity is the claim of people who think they are gods now, not of persons worshipping God and striving to be like him, nor of persons who understand the reality of finite human life without God. It is a magnificent phantasm, a blind and futile aspiration--futile not just because we can never escape ourselves, but because in the end the Enlightenment project fails us. Even when science has done its work to perfection, it fails to tell us how to live a life."

If you like Bushman, you'll love this book. If this is your first introduction to Dr. Bushman, you will not be disappointed.
riki
It is helpful and instructive to enjoy history from the perspective of a believer. Richard Bushman relates historical facts but also includes spiritual insights recognized by believers. He encompasses both in his essays. I loved it.
Sharpbringer
Fascinating insights and intellectual sparks.
Leniga
A fine book for L.D.S. readers or those who are interested in L.D.S. history. Richard Bushman is a noted American scholar, and he is meticulous in his research. He is L.D.S., but he always writes in a fair and scholarly manner.
Rainbearer
I enjoy the writing of Richard Bushman. This book has interesting LDS history
Probably the best part of this book is the chapter in which Bushman tries to explain in a straightforward, sincere way why he believes in Mormonism and continues to devote his life to it, despite the areas of belief that cannot be intellectually understood. I consider that essay essential reading for every Latter-Day Saint that who tries to reconcile intellectual uncertainty and the spiritual stirrings of faith. For that matter, it is recommended for people of any religious background who struggle with that same thing. I think he exemplifies the way in which faith and spirituality can greatly complement reason and intellect, and that the process of intertwining them is deeply satisfying in a way that neither half can be on its own.
Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays download epub
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Author: Richard Lyman Bushman,Reid Neilson,Jed Woodworth
ISBN: 0231130066
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press; First Edition edition (April 7, 2004)
Pages: 312 pages