Terryl Givens

Terryl Givens in 2018 Terryl Lynn Givens is a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, where he holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English. He is a visiting fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University (BYU).

Givens is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As a young man, he served a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and later graduated from BYU with a degree in comparative literature. He did graduate work in intellectual history at Cornell and a comparative literature PhD at the University of North Carolina, working with Greek, German, Spanish, Portuguese and English languages and literature. A longtime collaborator with his wife, Fiona Givens, he is the co-author of ''The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life'' and ''Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith''.

The New York Times referred to his work as "polemical" and "provocative" whereas Harper's praised him for being "fair-minded and unbiased."
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