James E. Faulconer is a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University, where he has taught since 1975. A former Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding, Faulconer has a PhD in philosophy focusing on contemporary European philosophy. He and Janice Allen are the parents of four and the grandparents of fourteen. Besides writing books and articles in philosophy, Jim is the author of the “Made Harder” series of books for scripture study and The Life of Holiness.
Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He earned a PhD in philosophy from Villanova University. He is the author of six books, including Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute, 2013), The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace (Bloomsbury, 2016), and Future Mormon (Kofford, 2016). He directs the Mormon Theology Seminar and coedits a series of books for the Maxwell Institute entitled Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture.
Julie M. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, with an MA in biblical studies. She is on the executive board of the Mormon Theology Seminar and on the steering committee for the BYU New Testament Commentary, for which she is writing 120 Contributors a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. She is the author of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels. Julie is married to Derrick Smith; they live near Austin, Texas, where she homeschools their three children. She also blogs for Times & Seasons, where she is the book review editor.
Ben Spackman is pursuing a PhD at Claremont Graduate University in the history of Christianity and religion. He has a BA in Near Eastern studies (BYU) and has done MA and PhD work in Semitics (University of Chicago) as well as formal scientific study (City College of New York). His research focuses on the book of Genesis in the ancient and modern world, the history of science, evolution, and scriptural interpretation.
Joseph M. Spencer is a visiting assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He is the author of three books: An Other Testament, For Zion, and, most recently, The Vision of All: Twenty-Five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi’s Record. He serves also as the associate director of the Mormon Theology Seminar and is currently the editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. He and Karen, his wife, live in Provo, Utah, with their five children.
Rosalynde Welch is an independent scholar working in Mormon literature, culture, and theology. She holds a PhD in early modern English literature from the University of California at San Diego. Her work has appeared in BYU Studies, Dialogue, Element, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and other journals and edited volumes. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and four children.
Candice D. Wendt lives in Montreal, Québec, with her husband, Dennis, a professor at McGill University. She received her MA in comparative studies from Brigham Young University in 2009. Candice has been an at-home parent for eight years and plans to pursue a teaching career. She is currently studying French with her children.