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Rational Theology

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The decades framing the turn of the twentieth century constituted a period of progressive optimism, of increasing faith in science and technology, and of character-building education—vividly illustrated in the founding of Christian Science, for example, and in the Latter-day Saint magazine, theImprovement Era.In keeping with the times, it is not surprising that former prof ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 15th 1998 by Signature Books (first published November 1st 1997)
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Jan 04, 2015 Carla rated it it was ok
I'll give him this: the book doesn't set out to define LDS theology in relation/superior to any other faith tradition or theology. He spends no time saying "we don't believe this, like those silly Catholics" or anything like that. What he has to share are positive definitions, and his whole argument is easy to understand too. He's not condescending or patronizing or arrogant, which made it more pleasant to read even if I didn't agree with his conclusions.

In spite of the positives, I didn't find
Jul 11, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
i loved this book. his writing style is somewhat hard to get used to but once u adjust its phenomenal. some much to learn in this life. i want to purchase this book, it was that good!
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Aug 20, 2011 K.Q. Webster rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever come across. It gave me ideas that has never occurred to me and probably never would have if not for this book. You come away from reading it ready to read it again because you know you have forgotten so much already. There are so many doctrinal gems embedded in the book that it would take years to pull them all out.
Sep 20, 2010 Marc rated it it was amazing
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Elder Widtsoe covers the beliefs of the LDS church with more detail and depth than we often do today. It was an enjoyable and easy read.

I recommend the book to anyone interested in LDS beliefs and don't forget the appendix where Elder Widtsoe gives the scriptural references for all of the topics.
Dec 02, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Those needing a scientific & rational explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as practiced by the Church of Jesus Christ will be completely satisfied! Required reading for all disciples of Christ! Read! You will not be disappointed!
Apr 12, 2013 Nick rated it it was amazing
Increased my faith. Provided a "why" for several areas of doctrine I hadn't considered.
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Mar 11, 2010 Ernie Dawson rated it really liked it
Elder Widstoe presents from pretty mind boggling material.
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Jul 15, 2012 Matthew Kern rated it liked it
Solid rational and science-friendly view to Mormonism.
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