About the Reviewers


Alma Allred is director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Utah. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and also teaches church history at the University of Utah Institute of Religion.

Danel W. Bachman is an instructor at the LDS Institute of Religion at Logan, Utah, where he teaches classes on the life and teachings of Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ. He holds an M.A. in history from Purdue University. He is the author of articles and reviews on church history topics.

D. L. Barksdale is the president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) and is the coauthor of Guess Who Wants to Have You for Lunch? A Missionary Guide to Anti-Mormon Tactics and Strategies. He is the author of numerous book reviews, articles, and papers on LDS apologetic topics and issues.

Barry R. Bickmore is a research associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has a B.S. in geology from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity.

Eric A. Eliason is assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University, where he teaches folklore and Mormon literature. He holds a B.A. in linguistics from BYU, as well as an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Gee, Ph.D. (Yale University), is assistant research professor of Egyptology at Brigham Young University and research associate with the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART) at Brigham Young University.

Richard R. Hopkins is the president of Cornerstone Publishing and Distribution, Inc., an LDS publishing company, and author of Biblical Mormonism: Responding to Evangelical Criticism of LDS Theology and How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God. He was a lawyer for over twenty years in southern California.

Frank F. Judd Jr. is an instructor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in ancient Near Eastern studies from BYU. He also has an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently a Ph.D. candidate there in New Testament and early Christianity.

Keith H. Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University, California. He currently teaches church history and doctrine part-time at Brigham Young University.

Russell C. McGregor is working on a degree in computing and is a computer applications analyst/programmer in New Zealand.

Louis Midgley, Ph.D. (Brown University), professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University, is serving an auxiliary mission for the Church Educational System in New Zealand, where, with his wife, he directs the Lorne Street Institute of Religion, which serves the LDS students attending Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.

Gary F. Novak, M.A., is webmaster at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and he also teaches JavaScript online.

Nathan Oman has a B.A. in political science with a minor in philosophy from Brigham Young University. He currently works in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). He will begin studying at Harvard Law School in fall 2000.

Daniel C. Peterson, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles), is associate professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University and director of the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART).

Stephen D. Ricks, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union), is professor of Hebrew and Cognate Languages at Brigham Young University.

Kerry A. Shirts, B.S., is a self-employed artist currently writing a book on scrollsaw art in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He serves as the director of research for FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research), an Internet organization discussing Mormonism, answering anti-Mormon claims, and helping Latter-day Saints find answers to their questions.

Cherry B. Silver, Ph.D. (Harvard University), is a visiting instructor in the Department of English at Brigham Young University.

Elden J. Watson received an M.A. in physics from the University of Utah in 1968 and has been employed for thirty-two years in the electronics industry. He has recently retired from L-3 Communications in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Richard N. Williams, Ph.D. (Purdue University), is professor of psychology at Brigham Young University and currently serves as assistant to the associate academic vice president there.

Diane E. Wirth has a B.A. in art from Brigham Young University and has studied Mesoamerican art for 25 years through attendance at symposiums and workshops at the University of Texas in Austin, postgraduate work at Harvard, and travel to Mesoamerican sites.