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Givens, Terryl

Overview
Works: 45 works in 219 publications in 2 languages and 12,125 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Juvenile works  Introductions  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographies  Church history  Records and correspondence  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator
Classifications: BX8627, 289.322
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Terryl Givens
The Book of Mormon : a very short introduction by Terryl L Givens( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With over 140 million copies in print, and serving as the principal proselytizing tool of one of the world's fastest growing faiths, the Book of Mormon is undoubtedly one of the most influential religious texts produced in the western world. Written by Terryl Givens, a leading authority on Mormonism, this compact volume offers the only concise, accessible introduction to this extraordinary work. Givens examines the Book of Mormon first and foremost in terms of the claims that its narrators make for its historical genesis, its purpose as a sacred text, and its meaning for an audience which shifts over the course of the history it unfolds. The author traces five governing themes in particular--revelation, Christ, Zion, scripture, and covenant--and analyzes the Book's central doctrines and teachings. Some of these resonate with familiar nineteenth-century religious preoccupations; others consist of radical and unexpected takes on topics from the fall of Man to Christ's mortal ministries and the meaning of atonement. Givens also provides samples of a cast of characters that number in the hundreds, and analyzes representative passages from a work that encompasses tragedy, poetry, sermons, visions, family histories and military chronicles. Finally, this introduction surveys the contested origins and production of a work held by millions to be scripture, and reviews the scholarly debates that address questions of the record's historicity. Here then is an accessible guide to what is, by any measure, an indispensable key to understanding Mormonism. But it is also an introduction to a compelling and complex text that is too often overshadowed by the controversies that surround it
The viper on the hearth : Mormons, myths, and the construction of heresy by Terryl Givens( )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 1,839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Viper on the Hearth is the first full-length study to look at representations of Mormonism in popular fiction, enhancing our understanding of the religion's vexed relationship to American society. The book reconsiders the nature of Mormonism's encounter with mainstream religion, and asks how a category like "heresy" can operate in a pluralistic society. Examining the ways in which Mormons have been portrayed in popular culture, Givens's study demonstrates how fiction can respond to cultural conflicts and anxieties by refashioning heresy into a more appropriate target for moral and political crusades."--BOOK JACKET
By the hand of Mormon : the American scripture that launched a new world religion by Terryl Givens( Book )

22 editions published between 1900 and 2004 in English and held by 1,832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Givens examines the Book of Mormon's role as a divine testament of the Last Days and as a sacred sign of Joseph Smith's status as a modern-day prophet. He assesses its claim to be a history of the pre-Columbian peopling of the Western Hemispheres, first by a small Old World group in the era of Babel, and later by tribes from Jerusalem in the age of Jeremiah. Givens explores how the Book of Mormon has been defined as a cultural product, the imaginative ravings of a rustic religion-maker more inspired by the winds of culture than the breath of God. He also investigates its status as a new American Bible or Fifth Gospel, displacing, supporting, or - in some views - perverting the canonical Word of God. Givens also probes the Book's shifting relationship to Mormon doctrine and its changing reputation among theologians and scholars. Finally, in exploring what Martin Marty refers to as the Book of Mormon's "revelatory appeal," Givens highlights the Book's role as the engine behind what may become the next world religion."--Jacket
The Columbia sourcebook of Mormons in the United States by Terryl L Givens( )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This anthology offers rare access to key original documents illuminating Mormon history, theology, and culture in the United States from the nineteenth century to today. Brief introductions describe the theological significance of each text and its reflection of the practices, issues, and challenges that have defined and continue to define the Mormon community. These documents balance mainstream and peripheral thought and religious experience, institutional and personal perspective, and theoretical and practical interpretation, representing pivotal moments in LDS history and correcting decades of misinformation and stereotype. The authors of these documents, male and female, not only celebrate but speak critically and question mainline LDS teachings on sexuality, politics, gender, race, polygamy, and other issues. Selections largely focus on the Salt Lake-based LDS tradition, with a section on the post-Joseph Smith splintering and its creation of a variety of similar yet different Mormon groups. The documents are arranged chronologically within specific categories to capture both the historical and doctrinal development of Mormonism in the United States."--Jacket
People of paradox : a history of Mormon culture by Terryl Givens( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In People of Paradox, Terryl Givens traces the rise and development of Mormon culture from the days of Joseph Smith in upstate New York, through Brigham Young's founding of the Territory of Deseret on the shores of Great Salt Lake, to the spread of the Latter-Day Saints around the globe. Throughout the last century and a half, Givens notes, distinctive traditions have emerged among the Latter-Day Saints, shaped by dynamic tensions--or paradoxes--that give Mormon cultural expression much of its vitality. Here is a religion shaped by a rigid authoritarian hierarchy and radical individualism; by prophetic certainty and a celebration of learning and intellectual investigation; by existence in exile and a yearning for integration and acceptance by the larger world. Givens divides Mormon history into two periods, separated by the renunciation of polygamy in 1890. In each, he explores the life of the mind, the emphasis on education, the importance of architecture and urban planning (so apparent in Salt Lake City and Mormon temples around the world), and Mormon accomplishments in music and dance, theater, film, literature, and the visual arts. He situates such cultural practices in the context of the society of the larger nation and, in more recent years, the world. Today, he observes, only fourteen percent of Mormon believers live in the United States. Mormonism has never been more prominent in public life. But there is a rich inner life beneath the public surface, one deftly captured in this sympathetic, nuanced account by a leading authority on Mormon history and thought. -- from publisher description
Joseph Smith, Jr. : reappraisals after two centuries( )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mormon founder Joseph Smith is one of the most controversial figures of nineteenth-century American history, and a virtually inexhaustible subject for analysis. In this volume, fifteen scholars offer essays on how to interpret and understand Smith and his legacy.--From publisher description
Dragon scales and willow leaves by Terryl Givens( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although they are twins, Juan and Raquel neither look the same nor do they see things the same way--especially in the forest
The prophecy of Enoch as restoration blueprint by Terryl Givens( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parley P. Pratt : the Apostle Paul of Mormonism by Terryl Givens( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of Parley P. Pratt, examining the dramatic events of his life and the crucial role he played in the expansion and foundational theology of early Mormonism
Wrestling the angel : the foundations of Mormon thought : cosmos, God, humanity by Terryl Givens( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wrestling the Angel, Vol. I is the first in a two part study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, situated in the context of an overview of the Christian tradition. The book traces the essential contours of Mormon thought as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Terryl L. Givens, one of the nation's foremost Mormon scholars, offers a sweeping account of the history of Mormon belief, revealing that Mormonism is a tradition still very much in the process of formation."--Provided by the publisher
When souls had wings : pre-mortal existence in Western thought by Terryl L Givens( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idea of the pre-existence of the soul has been extremely important, widespread, and persistent throughout Western history--from even before the philosophy of Plato to the poetry of Robert Frost. When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"--the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born. And typically it is seen as a descent--a falling away from a happier and untroubled state into the turbulent and sinful world we know. The title of the book refers to the idea put forward in antiquity that our souls begin with wings, and that only after shedding those wings do we fall to earth. The book not only traces the history of the idea of pre-existence, but also captures its meaning for those who have embraced it. Givens describes how pre-existence has been invoked to explain "the better angels of our nature," including the human yearning for transcendence and the sublime. Pre-existence has been said to account for why we know what we should not know, whether in the form of a Greek slave's grasp of mathematics, the moral sense common to humanity, or the human ability to recognize universals. The belief has explained human bonds that seem to have their own mysterious prehistory, salved the wounded sensibility of a host of thinkers who could not otherwise account for the unevenly distributed pain and suffering that are humanity's common lot, and has been posited by philosophers and theologians alike to salvage the principle of human freedom and accountability. When Souls had Wings underscores how durable (and controversial) this idea has been throughout the history of Western thought, the theological dangers it has represented, and how prominently it has featured in poetry, literature, and art
The Latter-day Saint experience in America by Terryl L Givens( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The greatest colonizing force in United States history, Mormonism has outgrown its 19th-century isolation and theocratic roots to become one of the most prosperous and respected Christian communities in the country. This book examines the history of the movement, and carefully considers the reasons behind a perennial discord with American culture - and the U.S. government - that only waned in the early decades of the twentieth century
The Oxford handbook of Mormonism( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[Mormon studies is] one of the fastest-growing subfields in religious studies. In this volume, Terryl Givens and Philip Barlow, two leading scholars of Mormonism, have brought together 45 of the top experts in the field to construct a collection of essays that offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Mormons. The book begins with a section on Mormon history, perhaps the most well-developed area of Mormon studies. Chapters in this section deal with questions ranging from how Mormon history is studied in the university to the role women have played over time. Other sections examine revelation and scripture, church structure and practice, theology, society, and culture. The final two sections look at Mormonism in a larger context. The authors examine Mormon expansion across the globe--focusing on Mormonism in Latin America, the Pacific, Europe, and Asia--in addition to the interaction between Mormonism and other social systems, such as law, politics, and other faiths. Bringing together an impressive body of scholarship, this volume reveals the vast range of disciplines and subjects where Mormonism continues to play a significant role in the academic conversation"--Jacket
Feeding the flock : the foundations of Mormon thought : church and praxis by Terryl L Givens( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Feeding the Flock' is the second volume of Terryl L. Givens's landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought. In this volume, Givens considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church's history
The God who weeps : how Mormonism makes sense of life by Terryl Givens( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Authors Terryl and Fiona Givens share five fundamental truths about the universe that the Mormon faith has taught them. "Woven together into a coherent tapestry, we find these fundamental truths a compelling, inspiring, and reasonable picture suggesting who presides over this universe, where we came from, why we are here, and what might await us."
The crucible of doubt : reflections on the quest for faith by Terryl Givens( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This insightful book offers a careful, intelligent look at doubt--at some of its common sources, the challenges it presents, and the opportunities it may open up in a person's quest for faith
The Christ who heals : how God restored the truth that saves us by Fiona Givens( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latter-day Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, "does not anything" save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God's children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals
The book of Mormon : a very short introduction by Terryl Givens( Recording )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With more than 140 million copies in print and serving as the principal proselytizing tool of one of the world's fastest-growing faiths, the Book of Mormon is undoubtedly one of the most influential religious texts produced in the Western world. This compact volume offers the only concise, accessible introduction to this extraordinary work
New religious movements and orthodoxy : the challenge to the religious mainstream by Terryl L Givens( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About the author -- A new religion -- Explaining away the success of new religious movements -- An alternative explanation -- Five factors in the success of new religious movements -- Conclusion
The crucible of doubt : reflections on the quest for faith by Terryl Givens( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This insightful audiobook offers a careful, intelligent look at doubt--at some of its common sources, the challenges it presents, and the opportunities it may open up in a person's quest for faith
 
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By the hand of Mormon : the American scripture that launched a new world religion
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The viper on the hearth : Mormons, myths, and the construction of heresyBy the hand of Mormon : the American scripture that launched a new world religionPeople of paradox : a history of Mormon cultureJoseph Smith, Jr. : reappraisals after two centuriesDragon scales and willow leavesParley P. Pratt : the Apostle Paul of MormonismWhen souls had wings : pre-mortal existence in Western thoughtThe Latter-day Saint experience in America
Alternative Names
Givens, Terryl.

Givens, Terryl C.

Givens, Terryl L.

Givens, Terryl L. 1957-

Givens, Terryl L. (Terryl Lynn), 1957-

Givens, Terryl Lynn 1957-

Terryl Givens American academic

Terryl Givens Amerikaans literatuurcriticus

Languages
English (189)

Spanish (2)