The eminent historian Richard Bushman here reflects on his faith and the history of his religion. These essays describe the struggle of a scholar to find a basis for belief in a skeptical world. Bushman explicitly, and at points confessionally, explains his own commitments and then explores Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon from the standpoint of belief. Believing History implicitly poses the question of how scholars are to write about subjects in which they are personally invested. Does personal commitment make objectivity impossible? The book also sheds light on the meaning of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon in their times and w. How do we situate Mormonism in American history? Is Mormonism relevant in the modern world?
Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University.Reid L. Neilson is assistant professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.Jed Woodworth is a Ph.D. candidate in American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.