Authors: Fiona & Terry L. Givens
In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latterday Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, “does not anything” save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God’s children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals.
About the Authors:
Fiona Givens is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European history. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies. Along with Terryl, she is the author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life and The Crucible of Doubt.
Terryl L. Givens holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond and the author of several books. His writing includes Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought; When Souls Had Wings; the biography (with Matthew Grow) Parley Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism; and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought.