Roger Terry

ROGER TERRY {[email protected]} is editorial director at BYU Studies. He is the author of books (fiction and nonfiction), articles, essays, short fiction, book reviews, editorials, and commentary on economics, politics, and Mormonism. He blogs at mormonomics & mormonethics (mormonomics

Getting the Cosmology Right

Articles/Essays – Volume 54, No. 4

Sporadically over the past few years I have been writing a personal document titled “What I Believe.” The reason for this is twofold. First, as I have learned more, my beliefs have shifted. This is…

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Dealing with Difficult Questions

Articles/Essays – Volume 52, No. 4

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Authority and Priesthood in the LDS Church, Part 2: Ordinances, Quorums, Nonpriesthood Authority, Presiding, Priestesses, and Priesthood Bans

Articles/Essays – Volume 51, No. 2

Dialogue 51.1 (Spring 2018): 167–180
In the prequel to this article, I discussed in general contours the dual nature of authority—individual and institutional—and how the modern LDS concept of priesthood differs significantly from the ancient version in that it has become an abstract form of authority that can be “held” (or withheld, as the case might be).

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Authority and Priesthood in the LDS Church, Part 1: Definitions and Development

Articles/Essays – Volume 51, No. 1

Dialogue 51.1 (Spring 2018): 167–180
The issue of authority in Mormonism became painfully public with the rise of the Ordain Women movement.

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The Source of God’s Authority: One Argument for an Unambiguous Doctrine of Preexistence

Articles/Essays – Volume 49, No. 3

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Frau Ruster and the Cure for Cognitive Dissonance

Articles/Essays – Volume 40, No. 3

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Eternal Misfit

Articles/Essays – Volume 43, No. 3

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Why the True Church Cannot Be Perfect

Articles/Essays – Volume 46, No. 1

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What Shall We Do with Thou? Modern Mormonism’s Unruly Usage of Archaic English Pronouns

Articles/Essays – Volume 47, No. 2

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Archaic Pronouns and Verbs in the Book of Mormon: What Inconsistent Usage Tells Us about Translation Theories

Articles/Essays – Volume 47, No. 3

Dialogue 44.3 (Fall 2014):53–101
Initially, I intended only one article on the usage of archaic pronouns
and the implications of certain irregularities. But as I delved deeper
into the implications, particularly what the erratic usage suggests
about the translation of the Book of Mormon, it became obvious
that this particular detour needed to stand alone as a companion
piece to the main article

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