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Exploring Mormon Thought

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 ce ...more
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Greg Kofford Books, Inc. (first published October 2001)
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Ken Hainsworth
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Phew, this was definitely not a quick read. There were a few parts I had to skim through because the terminology became too much for those without a philosophy background. Although thankfully, he usually did give background on the various theories and arguments that have been put forward by thinkers through the centuries to try to explain the absolute qualities of God. The great thing about Mormonism is that there is no systematic "theology," and we believe we don't have final or complete knowle ...more
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Alan Marchant
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Taking Theology Seriously

I 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
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religiosity, 2014
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 ...more
Jacob J
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the deepest doctrinal books I've ever read.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a thick book. Takes a while to get through, but the content is wonderful and very well thought out.
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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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