Fiona & Terryl Givens
FRIDAY | APR 9, 2021 | 7:30-9:00 pm MST
The Latter-Day Saint religious vocabulary is largely inherited from the Protestant Reformation, and has imported a range of presuppositions and concepts that created the woundedness—and often disaffection—that plague the Church’s culture.
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“Language does not just register experience,” Robert MacFarlane wrote. “It produces it.” As prophesied, Jesus came “with healing in his wings.” And his invitation to all, as to the Nephites, is to “be converted that I may heal you.” In Fiona and Terryl Givens most recent book, All Things New: Rethinking Sin, Salvation, and Everything in Between, they share the ways in which Latter-Day Saint religious vocabulary—from “sin” to “salvation”—bears the traces of woundedness but can furnish the seeds of healing. The best news of all, the one which caused the sons (and daughters) of God “to shout for joy” in a primeval moment, was the assurance given before the first mortal ever took breath that Heavenly Parents had all power and wisdom to bring to accomplish what they set out to do: and foremost in this regard was their self-designated project to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of every one of us
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ABOUT TERRYL AND FIONA
Terryl Givens did graduate work in intellectual history at Cornell and in comparative literature at UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. He is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, and the Neal A. Maxwell Senior Research Fellow at Brigham Young University. His writing has been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading,” and his numerous books include a history of Latter-day Saint theology, Wrestling the Angel and Feeding the Flock, a survey of the idea of premortal life in Western thought, When Souls Had Wings, and several studies of LDS scripture, culture, and history.
Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the LDS church in Frankfurt, Germany. She earned degrees in French, German, and in European History while co-raising six children. She is a frequent speaker on podcasts and at conferences from Time out for Women to Sunstone. She works now as an independent scholar, having published in Womens Exponent II, Dialogue, and Sunstone. With her husband, she is the co-author of The God Who Weeps, The Christ Who Heals, The Crucible of Doubt, and most recently, All Things New: Rethinking Sin, Salvation, and Everything in Between. She and Terryl and teachers in their Midway, Utah ward.
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