The Lord’s University
Freedom and Authority at BYU
by Bryan Waterman and Brian Kagel
Paperback / 496 pages / 1-56085-117-1
If church-sponsored universities exist to instill faith in God and commitment to religion, then Brigham Young University deserves high marks. But in protecting ‘the Lord’’s University’ from secularized morals, feminism, an independent Mormon intellectual community, and the liberal side of the American ‘culture wars,’ the school has also defended its right to restrict free speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and due process for faculty and students. Waterman and Kagel have assembled a vast archive of public and private documents and interviews covering all sides of the issues, including disciplinary hearings, student rallies, administrative meetings, and faculty debates.
Bryan Waterman, a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at Boston University, is the former editor of BYU Student Review, former associate editor of Sunstone magazine, guest editor for a special student issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and editor of The Prophet Puzzle: Interpretive Essays on Joseph Smith.
Brian Kagel is a graduate student in journalism at the University of North Texas, a former editor of BYU’s Daily Universe, and former managing editor of Sunstone.