Exploring Mormon Thought

Exploring Mormon Thought

Exploring Mormon Thought In this the first volume of a planned series of works on Mormon thought Blake T Ostler explores Christian and Mormon notions about God Written for both Mormons and non Mormons interested in the rela

  • Title: Exploring Mormon Thought
  • Author: Blake T. Ostler
  • ISBN: 9781589580039
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this, the first volume of a planned series of works on Mormon thought, Blake T Ostler explores Christian and Mormon notions about God Written for both Mormons and non Mormons interested in the relationship between Mormonism and classical theism, his path breaking Exploring Mormon Thought The Attributes of God is a critique of classical theism regarding some of the ceIn this, the first volume of a planned series of works on Mormon thought, Blake T Ostler explores Christian and Mormon notions about God Written for both Mormons and non Mormons interested in the relationship between Mormonism and classical theism, his path breaking Exploring Mormon Thought The Attributes of God is a critique of classical theism regarding some of the central concepts that have formed the Christian understanding of God He deals with questions of traditional philosophical theology including free will and foreknowledge, the nature of God and Christology The approach to these questions is from the analytic philosophical tradition and includes detailed arguments relating to the coherence of Christian belief, scripture and practice However he recognizes that religious faith is far a product of intimacy with the divine than of ultimacy of reason, a product of relationships than of logical necessities He provides an overview of the most influential Christian notions of deity, exploring themes and resources within this discourse that might be helpful to Latter day Saint explorations Also highlighted are various perspectives within Mormonism itself including a detailed analysis of Joseph Smith s Lectures on Faith and discussion of the thought of Orson and Parley Pratt, B H Roberts and John Widstoe Earlier Mormon thought is demonstrated to have included a concept of God as a being in process He suggests areas in which Mormon approaches to questions about free agency and God s omnipotence might suggest resolutions to some of the difficult issues that have troubled theologians and philosophers for centuries For the first time ever Ostler formulates a systematic Mormon Christology.

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    This is a book about Mormon and conventional Christian philosophical theologies. The following are some of the topics the author discusses: What does God's omnipotence entail (i.e what is really within His power to make actual)? Are divine infallible foreknowledge and genuine human free will compatible? Was Jesus human, divine, or both? The discussion about the compatibility of infallible foreknowledge and free will was particularly interesting. The author argues that they are incompatible if Go [...]

    Taking Theology SeriouslyI can't imaging granting 5 stars to any book on theology: there can be no devotional value in a critical dissection of divinity, and no intellectual sport in purely semantic speculation.Yet Blake Ostler's heavy book Exploring Mormon Thought: The Attributes of God is a positive contribution to Christian intellectuals and students of comparative religion. The author presents a thorough and evenhanded survey of Christian intellectual conceptions of the nature of God and the [...]

    Blake Ostler tackles the standard and historic Christian schools of thought regarding the attributes of God and then places the teachings of the LDS church in context. Though Ostler does not speak in any official capacity for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I appreciate his insights into the characteristics and properties of the Godhead, both as a united trinity and as separate individuals. He makes me happy to belong to what I consider to be a living church with continuing reve [...]

    This book convinced me that freewill is incompatible with both determinism and with foreknowledge. This is my favorite volume of the series. Ostler is the first Mormon writer to situate Mormon theology within the larger world of philosophical thought, making the series very important for anyone interested in Mormon philosophy and theology.

    Very heavy reading. Very heavy reading. Did I already say that? But plenty of food for thought- it will tax your logical reasoning capacity. It is profound because it looks at virtually every angle of the title subject.

    This is a thick book. Takes a while to get through, but the content is wonderful and very well thought out.

    interesting, a little over my head. Good to see an lds theologian interact with evangelical theology and thought at this depth.

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