- Tapa dura: 583 páginas
- Editor: Greg Kofford Books Inc (17 de junio de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1589581032
- ISBN-13: 978-1589581036
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This Is My Doctrine: The Development of Mormon Theology (Inglés) Tapa dura – 17 jun 2011
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The principal doctrines defining Mormonism today often bear little resemblance to those it started out with in the early 1830s. This book shows that these doctrines did not originate in a vacuum but were rather prompted and informed by the religious culture from which Mormonism arose. Early Mormons, like their early Christian and even earlier Israelite predecessors, brought with them their own varied culturally conditioned theological presuppositions (a process of convergence) and only later acquired a more distinctive theological outlook (a process of differentiation).In this first-of-its-kind comprehensive treatment of the development of Mormon theology, Charles Harrell traces the history of Latter-day Saint doctrines from the times of the Old Testament to the present. He describes how Mormonism has carried on the tradition of the biblical authors, early Christians, and later Protestants in reinterpreting scripture to accommodate new theological ideas while attempting to uphold the integrity and authority of the scriptures. In the process, he probes three questions: How did Mormon doctrines develop? What are the scriptural underpinnings of these doctrines? And what do critical scholars make of these same scriptures? In this enlightening study, Harrell systematically peels back the doctrinal accretions of time to provide a fresh new look at Mormon theology.This Is My Doctrine will provide those already versed in Mormonism's theological tradition with a new and richer perspective of Mormon theology. Those unacquainted with Mormonism will gain an appreciation for how Mormon theology fits into the larger Jewish and Christian theological traditions.
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Charles R. Harrell (Ph.D., manufacturing engineering, University of Denmark) is an associate professor in Brigham Young University'sSchool of Technology, where he is the graduate coordinator for the manufacturing systems program. In addition to teaching and advising students, he oversees student projects aimed at improving business operations. He recently led a humanitarian project to build electricity-generating playground equipment in Ghana. He is also founder and director of ProModel Corporation, which is a leading provider of simulation software and has authored several books on the use of simulation to improve business processes.In addition to his professional activities, Charles is an ardent theological hobbyist and has published articles on Mormon theology in BYU Studies, The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and Studies in the Scriptures. He also taught seminary and institute for many years. Charles and his wife, Yvonne, are the parents of five children and live in Orem, Utah.
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This epic work provides a revealing analysis of the scriptural passages commonly used as proof-texts for LDS doctrinal beliefs. It provides historical context, a review of contemporaneous beliefs at the time doctrines were developed and insights into how doctrines solidified into the current belief structure of the LDS faith.
The author's writing is clear and easy to follow. The primary thesis of the book is presented in the opening chapter: theology is a divine-human enterprise. The author clearly demonstrates that the human portion of this enterprise is often underestimated. All of the basic doctrines of the LDS Church are presented and dissected in the chapters that follow showing the non-linear nature of LDS doctrinal development. The book is captivating as it unravels the common (though unofficial) Mormon belief in scriptural inerrancy and uniformity. The author's research is presented with the gentle melody of studious thought from the mind of an actively involved LDS church member. However, the results of his analysis topple many of the traditional LDS perceptions of doctrine.
LDS students of the scriptures should welcome this work as a long-overdue, unbiased study guide to use when reading the LDS Standard Works. It highlights many of the cultural influences informing the interpretation of the scriptures. It presents this information without an expression of emotional attachment or dogmatic correctness. It is a book that could be of immense help to the many millions of Mormons who have devoted themselves to a religious tradition they have assumed to be absolute and unalterable, having never become aware of the culturally influenced development of this tradition.
Since the founding of the LDS church, members have turned to its leaders for direction from "God" (Jehovah) to supply answers for doctrinal teachings. And it has generally been believed that Jehovah reveals these doctrines directly through a modern-day prophet. This book advocates a more provisional acceptance of LDS doctrine as "no one has yet found the `holy grail' of unerring truth," not even Mormonism.
Only seldom does a credible work come along having such transformative power that it alters religious thought, and this book is one of them. As it finds its way into LDS homes and studied along with the Standard Works, it will undoubtedly shape the way the Standard Works are read and understood.
Thank you Charles Harrell for giving the world this book ... it has given me a completely new outlook on Mormon theology and has helped liberate me from the tyranny of doctrinal absolutism and authoritarianism.
It is amazingly researched. There is just a ton of info here. The author takes a concept or doctrine and shows how that doctrine changed form the early church until now. He typically organizes a chapter based around a specific doctrine and then shows how it has changed from the Book of Mormon, Bible, and Joseph Smith's day.
The first 30 pages destroyed a bunch of misconceptions I had held for a long time. There's some great stuff in here. Be warned, though, if you are not an open-minded kind of Mormon, you will probably be uncomfortable with this book.
Alas, I cannot fully recommend it because it has a little too much research. It gets so bogged down at times with nuances that I found myself asking what the ultimate point was. Some parts were a grind to get through. Again, the work and research is is fantastic, but it gets lost in itself. Really, the book needs to be cut in half- it needs to be more focused.
Keep in mind, I only read the first part (missing parts 2&3). Perhaps he brings it all to a brilliant conclusion later in the rest of the book. I don't know. But well worth the read just to find out all the stuff you thought you knew that you don't really know.
I will call it a 5-star reference book, but maintain a 4-star rating as a read-cover-to-cover book due to its over-detailed nature. I found out that the author is a BYU professor and the fact that he wrote a book like this takes a whole lot of courage.