The Attributes of God

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589580039
  • Publisher: Kofford, Greg Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Exploring Mormon Thought
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword by David L. Paulsen

1. The Meaning of "God" in Mormon Thought
2. The Apostasy and Concepts of Perfection
3. The Restoration and Systematic Theologies
4. Maximal Divine Power
5. Models of Divine Knowledge
6. The Incompatibility of Free Will and Infallible Foreknowledge
7. Divine Foreknowledge and the Mormon Concept of Free Agency
8. Denying Entailment
9. Denying that God's Past Knowledge is Fixed
10. God's Contingent Knowledge
11. Time, Timelessness, and Omnitemporality
12. Immutability and Impassibility
13. The Problems of Conventional Christology
14. The Mormon Christology
Bibliography
Index
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