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003-004: Phil Barlow and A Thoughtful Faith

003-004: Phil Barlow and A Thoughtful Faith

We are pleased to share John Dehlin’s recent interview with Phil Barlow, whose book “A Thoughtful Faith” has played a pivotal role in many Mormon’s faith journey’s, including John’s, and is also the inspiration for the name and theme of this podcast.

Phil Barlow currently sits in the Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, at Utah State University. He earned a B. A. from Weber State College and an M.T.S. and Ph.D. (1988, with an emphasis on Religion and American Culture and on the History of Christianity) from Harvard University. He spent two years as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Rochester after which he became professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College in Indiana. In addition to articles, essays, and reviews, Dr. Barlow has published Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion (Oxford Univ. Press, 1991) and several other books.  He is past president of the Mormon History Association.

You can also check out Phil’s recent presentation at Sunstone on “Why I Stay” here. This episode of A Thoughtful Faith was co-produced with Mormon Stories Podcast.


  1. Kay Draper

    Great to hear you again, Phil, after all these years! I remember you at Harvard, and also Cindy and your kids. Mike and I had two boys born in Cambridge (’85 and ’86), and are now grandparents. I liked hearing about how you are able to give presentations in Church about some of the sensitive issues; wish I could hear them. I wish that everyone could.
    Kay (Herrin) Draper

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