Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Untangling Scripture from the Philosophies of Men

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
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1/8/2016
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
20 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
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apologetics, lds, mormon, Mormonism, review, terryl givens, wrestling the angel

Review of Terryl L. Givens, Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014). 424 pp.

Abstract: Teryl Givens’ masterful work Wrestling the Angel takes on the daunting task of examining the history of Christian belief while also examining the worldly philosophies which shaped its scriptural interpretation. As in the biblical story of Jacob’s struggle with the angel, we all must forge our own testimonies while confronting a secular world including godless philosophies. Sometimes testimony wins, and tragically sometimes the world wins and a testimony is lost. In dealing with this intellectual “matter unorganized,” interpretation of the secular philosophy becomes the key. With the right interpretation, philosophies deemed “secular” or “godless” can be seen as helpful and even providentially provided by the Lord to help provide a philosophical grounding for a testimony instead of destroying it.

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