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The Essential James E. Talmage celebrates one of Mormonism’s preeminent theologians. Elder Talmage served as an apostle for twenty-two years and wrote such widely-known books as The Great Apostasy and The House of the Lord. He was a serious scientist, with his own thoughts on evolution and th antiquity of human bings. In this volume he tells his owns story through selected lectures and journal entries featuring his views on science and religion and the theological discussions theat preceded The Articles of Faith and Jesus the Christ. His counsel that church members stay "up-to-date" is reflected in his own writing. Selections in this volume include:
The Earth and Man
The Eternity of Sex
The Kingdoms of God and the Kingdom of Heaven
The Methods and Motives of Science
the Son of Man
An Unusual Accompaniment to a Baptism
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Latter-day Saints were stunned in 1911 to learn that the interior of the Salt Lake temple had been secretly photographed and that perpetrators where demanding a $100,000 ransom for the photos. As church leaders considered their options, Former University of Utah president James E. Talmage proposed that the First Presidency commission its own photos, which they did, authorizing Talmage to write his landmark House of the Lord. As the manuscript and photos were being readied for press, they appointed the forty-nine-year-old educator to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
This was not the first time that Talmage had been of service to his church. As a geology professor he was consulted about underground ventilation options for the Salt Lake Tabernacle and about the scientific evidence for organic evolution, which he cautiously endorsed. At the church president’s request, Talmage delivered a series of lectures on church theology which formed the basis tor his later influential books.
Not that Talmage was unaccustomed to controversy. When his book, The Articles of Faith, first appeared he was accused of "apostasy" and narrowly escaped church sanction. When he read from the advance text of Jesus the Christ in general conference, some leaders objected and had offending paragraphs excised from the published conference proceedings.
Scholars have noted that much of Talmage’s work reflects the thinking of his day—particularly in his reliance on Farrar’s Life of Christ and in his portrayal of a so-called observes, Talmage also "supplemented the biblical narrative with modern revelation" in producing "a source of information and inspiration to church members worldwide."
The Essential James E. Talmage includes some of the apostle’s lesser-known works and, for his more popular writings, representative diary entries relative to manuscripts, material omitted from later editions, and other supplementary material.About the Author:
James P. Harris, M.A., sociology, State University of New York, works for the New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement in Albany. He filled an LDS mission to Brazil and now serves as the Sunday School President in the LDS Kingston Ward of the Newburgh Stake. He lives in Saugerties, NY with his son. The Essential James E. Talmage is his first book. Harris has also written the forward to The Articles of Faith, a reprint of Elder Talmage’s original 1899 edition.
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Book Description Signature Books, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1560850183
Book Description Signature Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111560850183