God Knows Everything. —ish

We are behind in the ph/rs lesson sequence and today was our crack at the Lorenzo Snow manual, lesson 7. One man, a retired university professor, steered the discussion into evil and foreknowledge. The usual sorts of responses then showed up:
Read more of this post

Advertisements

Jonathan Edwards, Freedom, Henry Tappan, Joseph Smith and Foreknowledge

Joseph Smith contributed a copy of Henry Phillip Tappan’s A Review of Edwards’s ‘Inquiry into the freedom of the will.’ to the Nauvoo Library and Literary Institute. The title page contains this quote:
Read more of this post

Toward a Theology of the Material

[Cross-posted at BCC. But it seems oddly Abrahamic, so here it is again.]

[I was just sitting here – thinking about where the fun speculations of 19th century Mormonism might lead, and this is what came out. Excuse its ragged form.]

Mormonism has a uniquely materialist bent. It posits that the material is necessary for complete happiness.[1] That while the world is biphasic, physical and spiritual, both are material.[2] Modern physics divides much of its attention between the very large (cosmology) and the very small (quantum phenomena). In the large, physics tells us of a universe whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere and yet expanding. That expansion is apparently going on forever, never to stop.
Read more of this post

Augustine vs. Maximus

“The Spirit does not generate a will that is not willing, but he transforms into deification a will that has the desire for salvation.”[1]

Does this describe Mormonism?
Read more of this post

D&C 10. Part 4. Verses 20-29.

[Part 3 is here.]

In this part we consider verses 20-29 of the 1981 edition, but display the text from the Book of Commandments and the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.
Read more of this post

James Adams. Part 3. Conference. Textual Landmarks.

[Cross posted from By Common Consent]

Part 1 is here, part 2, here.

As you watch General Conference this weekend, appreciate it for some of the textual certainties. And you never know what you may hear.
Read more of this post

The Infinite, part 5. Mormonism and the Infinite.

The complexities of the infinite are magnified in ordinary discourse, and doubly so in western religions because infinity and its verbal relatives like “eternal” and “forever” are used in a wide range of ways, from the metaphorical and metaphysical to the literal. “Infinite” is sometimes used as a synonym for God. In an attempt to describe the “otherness” of God, phrases like, “sits on the top of a topless throne” were commonly used. Such seemingly self-contradictory claims were eschewed in Mormonism, which eventually engaged a very material aspect in the extra-mortal.
Read more of this post