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Title Volume 26, Number 2, Summer 1993
Subject Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Description 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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Contributors Bradley, Martha Sonntag ; Roberts, Allen Dale
Date 1993
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Article Title Toward Intellectual Anarchy: Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Description REVIEWS Toward Intellectual Anarchy Encyclopedia ofMormonism: The History, Scripture, Doctrine, and Procedure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 4 vols. Daniel H. Ludlow, editor in chief. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992. 1,848 pp., index, maps, illustrations, appendices, and glossary. Reviewed by Sterling M. McMur-rin, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Utah. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism provides a great wealth of information on the history and social character of Mormonism and the structure and administration of the LDS church and its institutions, but, on the whole, as a scholarly work it is severely flawed. It is an "in-house" publication, largely the product of Brigham Young University, and in many respects has an apologetic if not actually a propagandistic character. This is to be expected of what is essentially a church project, but it is something of a mystery why a publishing house of the stature of Macmillan would be identified with it. This is not to suggest that of the agglomeration of more than a thousand articles that comprise the Encyclopedia there are not large numbers of high quality, useful to anyone interested in their subjects, or that many of them are not excellent as careful scholarly research and writing. Any publication that includes articles by Thomas Alexander and Leonard Arlington can't be all bad. But the reader should be advised that the work is a carefully sanitized partisan affair that, while having many strengths, is quite uneven in quality and, though it appears to face many difficult issues head on, clearly omits, distorts, and compromises wherever necessary to advance and protect a positive image of Mormons, Mormonism, and the church. Those interested in the Encyclopedia should read the excellent reviews by Richard D. Poll and Eugene England. Poll's review, which appeared in the Journal of Mormon History (Fall 1992), gives a good account of the history, structure, and editing of the publication, as well as some of the pitfalls encountered in its production. England's review, which gives special attention to the arts and literature, is in Tin's People (12 [1991], 4). The editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia was Daniel H. Ludlow, who was executive secretary of the Church Correlation Committee. Apostles Neal A. Maxwell and Dallin H. Oaks provided supervision from above. Almost all members of the large editorial board are at BYU and, according to Poll, 49 percent of the articles came from BYU. As might be expected, the articles on social issues and church structure and the biographies are the most useful. An impressive number of biographies are of women prominent in church history and in the leadership of church organization. There are some excellent pieces on historical subjects, but in some cases pertinent information that could
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