The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion A Philosopher Sterling M McMurrin appreciated the similarities between Mormonism and Hellenistic Christianity For instance Church Fathers of the fifth century admired Plato who taught that

  • Title: The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion
  • Author: Sterling M. McMurrin
  • ISBN: 9781560851356
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Philosopher, Sterling M McMurrin 1914 96 appreciated the similarities between Mormonism and Hellenistic Christianity For instance, Church Fathers of the fifth century admired Plato, who taught that there is one God, coexistent with such eternal entities as Justice and Love to which Joseph Smith added Priesthood and Church Where Augustine modified Plato, Mormonism woA Philosopher, Sterling M McMurrin 1914 96 appreciated the similarities between Mormonism and Hellenistic Christianity For instance, Church Fathers of the fifth century admired Plato, who taught that there is one God, coexistent with such eternal entities as Justice and Love to which Joseph Smith added Priesthood and Church Where Augustine modified Plato, Mormonism would tend to side with his critic, the Stoic leaning Pelagius In this broad context, what is Mormonism s contribution to the overall pursuit of life s fundamental, ontological questions Herein lies McMurrin s intent an invitation to join him on a wide ranging search for purpose He finds his church s synthesis of heresy and orthodoxy to be refreshing and impressive in this light, in its treatment of evil, sin, and free will Belief in a personal God may run counter to traditional faith, but it is nonetheless emotionally satisfying and accessible to the human imagination McMurrin was E E Ericksen Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah and U.S Commissioner of Education under President John F Kennedy Of his nine books, Theological Foundations is considered his masterpiece The present edition includes his earlier essay, The Philosophical Foundations of Mormon Theology, with a biographical introduction by Deep Springs College president L Jackson Newell and a glossary of terms by Dr McMurrin s daughter, Trudy McMurrin Sterling M McMurrin was Academic Vice President and dean of the graduate school at the University of Utah, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and the Union Theological Seminary, and a Ford Fellow in philosophy at Princeton In addition to being U.S Commissioner ofEducation see above , he served as US Envoy to Iran He was the author of Education and Freedom Religion, Reason and Truth and co author of Contemporary Philosophy A History of Philosophy Matters of Conscience and Toward Understanding the New Testament He contributed to The Autobiography of B H Roberts and Memories and Reflections L Jackson Newell is the former dean of Liberal Education at the University of Utah He is the co author of Creating Distinctiveness, Matters of Conscience, and A Study of Professors a contributor to Neither White nor Black Personal Voices Religion, Feminism, and Freedom of Conscience and The Wilderness of Faith and is a past coeditor of Dialogue He has received the CASE Professor of the Year and Joseph Katz Distinguished Leadership in Education awards Currently he is president of Deep Springs College.

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    1. Sterling M. McMurrin, the U.S. Commissioner of Education for two years during the administration of President John F. Kennedy (see Matters of Conscience), was one of the most intelligent and articulate persons I have ever had the privilege of hearing speak. I fed a growing love of philosophy just by looking up, as a teenager, the terms that McMurrin assumes that the reader of this book will know. His actual arguments about the philosophical implications of LDS theology are brilliant but now some [...]

    2. Although this book gets a fair amount of grief it will always hold a special place for me because it was one of the first books I read which got me interested in philosophy and explained things at a level I could understand without yet knowing any of the philosophical jargon.

    3. This is the go-to book for a philosophically-minded person who wants to know about Mormon theology. Before I read this I don't think I really appreciated how radically different Mormon cosmology is from traditional Christian cosmology. He was a non-believing cultural Mormon, but he understands the radical implications of Mormon theology a lot more clearly than almost any believer that I can think of.

    4. A great book. Nitpicky, dense, and insightful. It oughta be required reading for Mormons. McMurrin contextualizes Mormonism within the overall sphere of Christianity, pointing out its fundamental disagreements and counterpoints to both Catholicism and mainstream Protestantism. And I'm amused that it was one of our most famous disaffected members who finally put into a coherent form all of the doctrines and ideas that makes Mormonism so unique and satisfying.

    5. I read this before my mission - I think when still in high school - very early 70s. The book strongly affected my views toward Mormonism and secondarily toward philosophy. The language was often over my head, but I found the ideas compelling; reading it strengthened my young testimony.Years later I learned of McMurrin's agnosticism and his long history defending the Church - and I came to a new appreciation of both him and the Church.

    6. Going through it this time looking for information on the Classical "Omni" attributes of God. Specifically this search deals with Omniscience and how that might affect space/time and the idea of free choice. All Good stuff. I will be publishing my finished article in the Deseret News dumpster behind my house.Big UP to Sterling! I love you man!

    7. Mormons do not fully appreciate the extremely strong metaphysical position that they have. This book shows the uniqueness and strength of the metaphysical foundations of Mormon theology. It avoids all of the philosophical problems that traditional Christianity has always struggled with.

    8. Where are the Mormon theologians of our day that can match what McMurrin was doing? I'd welcome them.

    9. I actually found this philosophical discussion of how Mormonism differs from other religions quite interesting. Obviously, it was very dry but certainly thought-provoking.

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