Is this significant for LDSs? If so, in what ways (or to what degree)? Is it a part of a “golden age” of Mormon Studies? And if so, so what? Does it matter at all, except for a small sub-segment of academically-oriented LDSs, that Mormonism is on showcase at a premiere academic institution? Or is there something more to be said for the role of the scholar in relation to her/his tradition?
I would like to think that there is something significant going on here (meaning with Mormon Studies as a whole and not simply this class taught at Harvard); but I can’t quite get beyond my own predisposition to approach my religious tradition through a more academic lens. In other words, I would like to believe that this is something significant for Mormonism as a whole; but cannot see beyond it being simply significant for my individual approach to the topic. Can someone help me out?