About the Contributors

Brent Alvord has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and plans to complete his master’s of business administration degree in 2006. He has served as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Philosophy at Brigham Young University, where he has taught formal mathematical logic to students.

Ernst Benz (1907-78) was a professor of church history at the University of Marburg. This distinguished German theologian wrote hundreds of articles and about fifty books.

Allen R. Buskirk holds a PhD in chemistry and chemical biology from Harvard University and is an assistant professor of biochemistry at Brigham Young University.

Andrew H. Hedges has a PhD in American history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an associate professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.

Dawson W. Hedges holds an MD from the University of Utah, where he also completed his residency in psychiatry. He is an associate professor at Brigham Young University in the Department of Psychology.

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel has a PhD in history from the University of California, Irvine. He is a professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He has published “Book of Mormon, Opposition to,” in Book of Mormon Reference Companion, gen. ed. Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003), 129-32.

Alan Keele has a PhD in German language and literature from Princeton University and is a professor of German at Brigham Young University. He recently published In Search of the Supernal: Pre-Existence, Eternal Marriage, and Apotheosis in German Literary, Operatic, and Cinematic Texts (Münster: Agenda Verlag, 2003).

Kent P. Jackson received a PhD in ancient Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. He is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.

Nicholas S. Literski holds a JD from Northern Illinois University, as well as a BS in sociology from Utah State University. Currently, he manages a bookstore in Nauvoo, Illinois. He was the first Latter-day Saint to become a Freemason in Hancock County since 1846 and has continued to progress in the fraternity, receiving the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry, the Cryptic Rite, the Scottish Rite, and the orders of Knights Templar. He has addressed issues of Mormonism and Freemasonry at the annual conferences of the Mormon History Association and is the author of Method Infinite: Freemasonry and the Mormon Restoration, forthcoming from Greg Kofford Books.

Louis Midgley (PhD, Brown University) is a professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University.

George L. Mitton (MS, Utah State University) is retired from a career in education and public administration.

Larry E. Morris (MA, Brigham Young University) is a writer and editor with the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts at Brigham Young University. He recently published a book with Yale University Press on the ultimate fate of the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Dilworth P. Parkinson has a PhD in Arabic linguistics from the University of Michigan and is a professor Arabic at Brigham Young University.

Ryan Parr has a PhD in biological anthropology from the University of Utah and is currently vice president of Research and Development at Genesis Genomics, a Canadian biotechnical company exploring the use of mitochondrial DNA as a “biosensor” for the early detection of prostate and breast cancer. He has authored and coauthored mitochondrial DNA studies of Native Americans, specializing in ancient DNA. One of his previous projects involved the DNA sequencing of Egyptian mummies found at the Dakhleh Oasis. Another major project was the use of mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the Unknown Child from the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster.

David L. Paulsen, who received a JD from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Michigan, is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University.

Daniel C. Peterson (PhD in Near Eastern languages and cultures, University of California, Los Angeles) is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University.

Gregory Taggart, who has a JD from the Thomas Cooley Law School, is a freelance writer and a lecturer in the Honors University Writing program at Brigham Young University.

David M. Whitchurch received his PhD in educational psychology from Brigham Young University and is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.