|Learning in the Light of Faith|
Several years ago I read People of Paradox by Terryl Givens. As a Latter-day Saint, it was an illuminating book and one which had a significant impact on how I saw the Mormon culture I am a part of. One of the most interesting questions explored in that book was that of education and Latter-day Saint doctrine. Learning in the Light of Faith provides a brief but valuable answer to the salient question—how should Latter-day Saints, especially scholars, balance their loyalty and deference to reason and revelation? With scholars like Neal A. Maxwell, Henry B. Eyring, and Dallin H. Oaks answering portions of that question, this little book is plenty authoritative for me.
I have a personal interest in the topics explored in Learning in the Light of Faith; therefore, I may find it much more interesting than a general audience, even a Latter-day Saint audience. Although all Latter-day Saints should have a keen interest in education—secular and spiritual—not all need be a scholar in a secular sense; albeit, the requirement to be a scholar in the spiritual sense isn't wisely ignored. No doubt this little book is useful for both groups, it's much more relevant for the former group.
Learning in the Light of Faith was a refreshing and energizing exploration of topics I care a lot about. I love the idea of scholarship, and I love the doctrines of the LDS Church. Therefore, a book like this speaks directly to some of my most cherished beliefs and convictions. Even with its brevity, Learning in the Light of Faith has plenty to edify its readers.
Other Topics of Interest:
Reflections: The Book of Mormon
Reflections: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
Reflections: The Lord's Way