Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Notes and Comments Edited by Joseph Jeppson THE FOUNDING OF THE L.D.S. INSTITUTES OF RELIGION Leonard J. Arrington The following essay is published in honor of the fortieth anniversary of the L.D.S. Institutes of Religion. Leonard Arrington is Professor of Economics at Utah State University and Visiting Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the L.D.S. Institute of Religion at Moscow, Idaho. An important facility near the campuses of colleges and universities in areas where there are substantial numbers of Mormons is the L.D.S. Institute of Religion.1 In numbers of students the Institutes represent the most im- portant system of higher education in the Church; and, indeed, one of the largest church-related systems of education in the nation. With approximately two hundred separate Institutes of Religion at as many colleges and univer- sities, the combined enrollment is in excess of 35,000. This is almost twice the number of full-time students enrolled at Brigham Young University. A brief history of the founding of the Institute system seems appropriate at this time, since 1967 marks the fortieth anniversary of classes held at the first of these Institutes of Religion. Almost from the date of its founding in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stressed the importance of education. Indeed, the neces- sity of learning is probably the most frequently-repeated theme of modern-day revelations. The following scriptures are representative of theological bases for the higher educational demand that Mormonism places upon its members: The glory of God is intelligence. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance. 1 The writer is grateful for the help and suggestions of Wendell O. Rich, Frank M. Bradshaw, J. Wyley and Magdalen Sessions, Marc Sessions, Howard C. Searle, and George T. Boyd.