Taysom and Park: Welcome

We are pleased to announce two stellar individuals to our ranks of contributors here at By Common Consent. They are both veteran authors and are familiar to many, not least because of their writing over at the Juvenile Instructor. And don’t worry, they will continue to write for the JI while simultaneously offering their cogent insights on more general topics here. Welcome aboard:

Taysom: Author-provocateur
Steve Taysom is a historian of religion who earned a BA in history at BYU and MA and PhD degrees in the history of religion at Indiana University. His first book, Mormons, Shakers, and Religious Worlds, was published by Indiana University Press in 2010. The next year he edited a collection called Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Studies Reader. Current projects include a scholarly biography of Joseph F. Smith and a study of exorcism in the LDS Church. He currently teaches at Cleveland State University, and lives in Shaker Heights with his wife and four children.

Park: Multimatriculator
Benjamin Park grew up in New Mexico, served a mission to Washington DC, and received a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Brigham Young University, during which time he met his wife and best friend, Catherine, while on an internship in Salt Lake City. Their marriage has produced two adorable kids with amazingly curly hair. Graduate studies have taken him and his family to Edinburgh (for an MSc in historical theology), Cambridge (for an MPhil in Political Thought and a PhD [in process] in history), and Boston (where he is currently on a research fellowship). He has written several articles on the development of Mormon thought, ritual, and culture, and serves on the boards for both Journal of Mormon History and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (More academic background is found at benjaminepark.com). Ben’s favorite calling in the Church is gospel doctrine teacher; otherwise, you can find him in the back row reading his iPad.


  1. Welcome! It is great to have you here.

  2. “Taysom and Park”–Sounds like something that should be in prohibited in For the Strength of Youth

  3. I believe that it is, Taysom.

  4. Christopher says:

    Excellent. Ben and Steve’s talents range far beyond academic history, so I’m glad that each has a venue to display those talents and interests.

  5. A tremendous honor to join a wonderful blog at the same time as another wonderful scholar.

  6. Welcome!

  7. Two fine additions to the cast. Welcome!

  8. We didn’t tell you that this is just a probationary period, and at the end of six months we’re going to dress you up in Lucha libre costumes and let you fight it out for the actual one opening at BCC. Have fun boys.

  9. Ya, well we do that every weekend anyway. So, jokes on you!

  10. I knew it!

  11. Taysom, now that you’re one of the cool kids, don’t feel you have to talk to me at parties.

  12. “What could be more convincing, moreover, than the gesture of laying one’s cards face up on the table?”
    Jacques Lacan

  13. Warm welcome to both. Taysom, I work in Cleveland and my window faces east overlooking CSU and Shaker Heights.

  14. HOLY CRAP!

    Too think…I didn’t think BCC could get any more cool.

  15. Looking forward to y’all’s!