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Terry Warner: Mormon Scholar
C. Terry Warner is a professor emeritus of philosophy, an author, and the founder of The Arbinger Institute, a management consulting firm and scholarly consortium that specializes in peacemaking for various organizations, families, and individuals.
Warner grew up near San Francisco and overcame childhood stuttering then studied art at the Art Students League in New York. He also studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio, also in New York. He set aside his interest in the arts for a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University. He received his master’s and PhD in philosophy from Yale University. He joined the faculty of BYU in 1967 where he served as chair of the philosophy department, director of the Honors program, and dean of the College of General Studies. Warner taught an honors seminar with Arthur Henry King. He was also a visiting senior member of Linacre College, Oxford University where he worked with renowned philosopher and psychologist Rom Harré. Warner retired from BYU in 2009.
Warner had planned on retiring in 2001, but was asked to postpone his retirement in order to finish a project for the university. He was the founding curator and exhibit director of the "Education in Zion" Gallery at BYU in the Joseph F. Smith Building, which opened in the summer of 2008. The permanent exhibition tells the history of education in the Church of Jesus Christ, starting with the spiritual and secular education of Joseph Smith and continuing through the foundation of educational institutions during the years the membership of the Church were located in Kirtland and Nauvoo, and on throughout the worldwide expansion of the Church.
He is the author of a widely circulated manuscript “Bonds of Anguish, Bonds of Love” that eventually grew into the book Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves, which might be considered the culmination of his life’s work. The volume is described as “a groundbreaking book that suggests the remedy for our troubling emotions by addressing their root causes” (dust jacket). It helps readers discover an honest self-understanding.
Warner is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as the first director of the Institute of Religion at Yale and after his retirement, he and his wife served a public affairs mission to West Africa. He served a full-time mission to Great Britain as a young man. He has served numerous times on Church general boards or committees. His wife, Susan, was in the Primary general presidency from 1994 to 1999. They are the parents of ten children and have forty-seven grandchildren.