Dr. Philip Barlow exclaims “The Joseph Smith in our heads is too small!” in the 13th podcast recorded at the Miller-Eccles Group in February. As explained at the website: that is an astounding claim, given the international derision and devotion he has inspired among millions. Yet the scope, nature, and radicalism of his prophetic project is more vast and more radical than his followers or critics generally grasp. He was correct in more ways than he may have intended when he said, “No man knows my history.”
Philip L. Barlow is the Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. He earned a B. A. from Weber State College and an M.T.S. and Ph.D. (1988, with an emphasis on Religion and American Culture and on the History of Christianity) from Harvard University. At Utah State he has taught courses in Religious Studies, Mormonism, American religion, and explorations of religion in relation to suffering, time, silence, and film.
His books include The Oxford Handbook to Mormonism (co-edited with Terryl Givens, forthcoming, 2013), The New Historical Atlas of Religion in America (OUP 2000, co-authored with Edwin Scott Gaustad), Religion and Public Life in the Midwest: America’s Common Denominator? (2004, co-edited with Mark Silk). A Thoughtful Faith (1986, editor). He is past president of the Mormon History Association.