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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 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 more a product of intimacy with the divine than of ultimacy of reason, more 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 book is ground-breaking... By far the most penetrating and comprehensive study of the LDS understanding of the nature of God yet undertaken. – David L. Paulsen, Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University
The most important book written on Mormon philosophy since B. H. Robert’s The Truth, The Way and The Life. No one in Mormon studies has done such extensive and rigourous research in philosophy before.—R. Dennis Potter, Instructor of Humanities and Philosophy, Utah Valley State College
One of the precious few attempts in our tradition to deal in a lengthy and systematic way with very difficult theoretical issues. He does not take these problems lightly as others have, but meets them head-on with boldness and confidence. A commendable book. – Brian Birch, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Associate Director for Religious Studies, Center for the Study of Ethic, Utah Valley Stake College.
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