Blair Van Dyke
Instructor, Philosophy and Humanities
Blair Van Dyke coordinates Mormon Studies and Interfaith Engagement at the Orem Institute of Religion
and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at Utah Valley University.
He is a member of the advisory boards of the Religious Studies and Mormon Studies
Programs at UVU. He has published articles in domestic and international journals
and is the co-author of Holy Lands: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near
East (2005). Dedicating the Holy Land: A Critical Edition of the 1872-73 Correspondence
of the Mormon Palestine Tourists and The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism
and Sacred Texts are two books nearing completion for which Van Dyke serves as co-editor.
His research and writings frequently explore religious, cultural, historical, and
literary intersections where Mormonism and society meet.
Brian D. Birch
Director, Religious Studies Program
Brian Birch received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Philosophy from the University of Utah
(1990, 1992) and completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont
Graduate University in 1998. He specializes in the philosophy of religion, ethics,
religious pluralism, and comparative Christian thought. He is the founding editor of Teaching Ethics and Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. His current book project is entitled Mormonism Among Christian Theologies for Oxford University Press.