Written primarily for a Latter-day Saint audience, The Pierian Spring focuses on discourse on Mormon thought, history, and culture. I hope to highlight primary and secondary literature that provide historical and background analysis of Mormon texts with the aim to enhance understanding and appreciation.
The Pierian Spring grew out of my experience with interfaith dialogue. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to meaningfully converse with many outside the Latter-day Saint tradition. Through these experiences I have felt the need for a distinct venue where I can specifically address a Latter-day Saint readership, although I hope the content will be useful to others as well.
About the Name
In a sermon in 1844, Joseph Smith quoted from the English poet, Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism.”
A little learning is a dang’rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
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