FORA.tv Speaker - Jan Shipps
Jan Shipps is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and History at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. A well-known non-Mormon authority on the Latter-day Saints, she is the author of Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition, a 1985 volume that is still very much in print (and even in the news as none other than the Southern Baptists have concluded that Mormonism is, indeed, a new religious tradition).
Her Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons, which was published in 2000, won the Mormon History Association's Best Book Award. She is the immediate past president of the American Society of Church History and just this past fall, the John Whitmer Historical Association (whose members concentrate on the history of the Mormons who did not go west) gave her a "Lifetime Achievement Award." Since is it nearing the end of 2007, Jan Shipps is moving toward having been engaged with the study of Mormonism for a half-century. Of particular interest in this particular venue is the fact that she got her start with an M.A. thesis on the "Mormons in Politics in Illinois: 1839-1847" and a doctoral dissertation on "The Mormons in Politics: The First Hundred Years."
Jan is a life-long Methodist who is the official church historian for the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana where, since 1989, she has been serving as one of two leaders of an adult forum known as the Wesley Conventicle.
11.09.07 | 02:00:17 min
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