Where to Shelve Scripture?

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At the New Yorker, Rollo Romig examines the unique position of scripture as literary genre through the lens of history, and with the help of Avi Steinberg’s recent nonfiction title The Lost Book of Mormon. Romig moves through a line of (relatively) recent cases when new scriptures have been introduced, mostly in the US, and attempts to figure them into the larger picture of contemporary belief. It’s a fascinating piece, and one that really moves—from the Old Testament-era middle east, to a modern expedition to Guatemala on the trail of a Mayan connection to Mormonism, all the way to the set of a recent Al-Jazeera interview of a devout Muslim by a hard-line atheist.


Dinah Fay is a poet, copywriter, and social media maven living in Brooklyn. She is the co-host of the Brick City Speaks reading series in Newark, where she is pursuing an MFA in writing from Rutgers University. More from this author →