Thursday, May 28, 2009

Truman G. Madsen dies

Excerpts of Truman G. Madsen, LDS author and scholar, died Thursday at the Deseret News

Truman Grant Madsen, 82, emeritus professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University and former director of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem, died today, May 28, 2009.

Mr. Madsen was considered a philosopher, essayist, teacher and biographer. He held the Richard L. Evans Chair in Religious Studies at BYU and had been guest professor at Northeastern University, Haifa, and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.  Mr. Madsen had sponsored several symposia on comparative religions and was one of the editors and a contributor to the five-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Mr. Madsen's biography is published on his Web site,

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