Michael Austin

maustin1Michael Austin is a former English Professor who is now an academic administrator in Evansville, Indiana. He writes occasionally on an incoherent (except to him) assortment of different topics, some of which have to do with Mormonism in American literature and culture. He is the author, most recently, of We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition.

Michael’s posts.


  1. Michael G. Dang says:

    Elder Uchtdorf brought up the “It mattereth not” principle in his January talk to the single adults. It’s one of my favorite concepts and I’ve brought it up from time to time where it may matter. He extended it far further than I ever have (e.g., which major brand of beans to buy), extending it out to marriage and what jobs we choose. I decided to discuss this in my high priest group tomorrow. In researching for it I noticed your great post on it. If you haven’t seen the talk here’s a link to it. Keep up the great thinking and writing. https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-devotionals/2018/01/the-adventure-of-mortality?lang=eng

  2. Hi Michael. I spent a considerable amount of time delving into 2 NE 5:21 before I ran across your article “Seperation IS the Curse”. I must say, the scripture had me feeling some type of way. After asking for guidance from a local Bishop, he pointed me to: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng.
    This explains the the scripture and the Church’s stance on it. I would love to have included this in the comments section on that article itself but I couldn’t figure out how to do that. Anyway, i hope this helps! (It did for me!)

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