Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion Hosts John G. Turner for Lecture on Mormonism

Oct. 12, 2012
John G. Turner, Ph.d.Photo courtesy of Harvard University Press.

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 12, 2012) - The Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor will host John G. Turner, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at George Mason University, to speak on "A Tale of Two Brigham Youngs: The Mormon Journey from Illinois to Utah." The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.

Turner's research on the history of religion in 19th- and 20th-century America has led to publication in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He won Christianity Today's 2009 Book Award for his book Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America. His most recent book, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, was published by Harvard University Press in early 2012.

"Americans' interest in Mormonism has never been so high as this fall when we are seeing the real possibility that a Mormon, Mitt Romney, could become president," said Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University. "Professor Turner's lecture will address the history of Mormonism as viewed through the life of Brigham Young, who along with Joseph Smith, was one of the most formative leaders of this distinctly American religion."

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by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Launched in August 2004, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) exists to initiate, support and conduct research on religion, involving scholars and projects spanning the intellectual spectrum: history, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, theology and religious studies. The institute's mandate extends to all religions, everywhere, and throughout history, and embraces the study of religious effects on prosocial behavior, family life, population health, economic development and social conflict. While always striving for appropriate scientific objectivity, ISR scholars treat religion with the respect that sacred matters require and deserve. For more information, visit

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