Terryl Givens

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Terryl Givens
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Terryl Givens in 2018
Terryl Lynn Givens
OccupationJames A. Bostwick Professor of English and Religion, University of Richmond[1]
Spouse(s)Fiona Givens[1]

Terryl Lynn Givens is a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, where he holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English. He is a visiting fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University (BYU).[2]

Givens is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As a young man, he served a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and later graduated from BYU with a degree in comparative literature. He did graduate work in intellectual history at Cornell and a comparative literature PhD at the University of North Carolina, working with Greek, German, Spanish, Portuguese and English languages and literature.[3] A longtime collaborator with his wife, Fiona Givens, he is the co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life and Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith.[4]

The New York Times referred to his work as "polemical" and "provocative"[5] whereas Harper's praised him for being "fair-minded and unbiased."[6]

Personal life[edit]

Givens has served in the LDS Church as a bishop in a local congregation.[7]



  • Dragon Scales and Willow Leaves Putnam Juvenile, 1997. ISBN 978-0399226199
  • The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0-19-510183-6
  • By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-19-513818-4
  • The Latter-day Saint Experience in America Greenwood Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-313-32750-6
  • People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-516711-5
  • The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-536931-1
  • When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-531390-1
  • Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew J. Grow) Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-537573-2
  • The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life (with Fiona Givens) Ensign Peak, 2012. ISBN 978-1609071882
  • The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections On the Quest for Faith (with Fiona Givens) Deseret Book, 2014. ISBN 978-1609079420
  • Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0199794928

Edited volumes[edit]

Articles and papers[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Prominent Author Fiona Givens To Be Keynote Speaker At The Sunstone Education Foundation's Christ Conference December 29, 2012". Prweb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  2. ^ "Terryl Givens". Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  3. ^ Toone, Trent (2012-11-15). "Scholars Terryl and Fiona Givens discuss life, love and their new book". Deseret News. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  4. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (2013-07-20). "Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  5. ^ Bobrick, Benson: The Gospel According to Joseph Smith, page 2. The New York Times, August 18, 2002. https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9503E0D8163AF93BA2575BC0A9649C8B63
  6. ^ Davenport, Guy: By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion (Subject of Review). Harpers, July 2002. http://www.harpers.org/subjects/ByTheHandOfMormonTheAmericanScriptureThatLaunchedANewWorldReligionBook/SubjectOf/Review
  7. ^ Daniel Peterson (22 July 2010). "Daniel Peterson: Terryl Givens making his mark in Mormon writing". Deseret News. Retrieved 2018-01-30.

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