Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Brown Bag Lectures, Book of Mormon studies, Nephite culture, Ninian Smart


On 27 September, Professor Ninian Smart, an internationally recognized scholar of comparative religion and philosophy of religion from the University of California, Santa Barbara, visited Utah Valley to give a keynote address at a conference held at a nearby college. During his visit, Professor Smart met with FARMS Brown Bag attendees to discuss his experiences in the field of religious studies. He pointed out that it is increasingly a multidisciplinary field that makes greater demands on those who study it. In particular he discussed the need for scholars in religious studies to gain an empathetic perspective on the subject they are studying-that scholars studying Mormonism, for example, could hardly hope to understand it without some empathy for its beliefs and practitioners.