The writing, production, and responses associated with The God Who Weeps reveal something of the multiplicity of “Mormonisms.” In this podcast, Terryl and Fiona discuss some of the ways in which we construct our faith identity, and how we might rethink the interconnections of Mormonism as an institution, a community, a belief structure, and a devotional template.
Terryl Givens did graduate work at Cornell University in intellectual history and UNC Chapel Hill where he received his PhD in comparative literature. He holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English, and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses in 19th century studies, and the Bible’s influence on western literature. Fiona Givens, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, was educated at a boarding school in England and was introduced to the LDS Church when she was 19 and living in Germany. After she was baptized, she attended BYU, where she met her husband, Terryl, in a comparative literature class. She went on to receive her masters’ degree in European history from the University of Richland and has worked extensively in the field of communications and translation. Fiona has collaborated in many of Terryl’s previous books, but this is the first she has co-authored. Fiona and Terryl are the parents of six children.
This podcast is a recording of a recent presentation given by the Givens to the Orange County, California, Miller Eccles Study Group. The subject of their presentation is “Mormonism–Culture, Theology, Practice: What Writing The God Who Weeps Taught Us.”