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AuthorCast #71: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 23 September 18 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 23: The Book of Mormon as a Modern Expansion of an Ancient Source
By Corey Ostler

The Book of Mormon has both obvious 19th century influences and anachronisms as well as very strong evidence for having ancient origins. The Expansion theory, introduced in an article by my father in 1987, looks at all the evidence and tries to come up with a solution that preserves both. I wanted to find out the nuances of the view and see if it still held up. Enjoy!

Links:
Original Article: www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/up…V20N01_68.pdf

Update: www.timesandseasons.org/harchive/2005…nsion-theory/

Response to Criticism: blakeostler.com/docs/criticexpansionth.pdf

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AuthorCast #70: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 22 September 12 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 22: The Attributes of God - A Critique
By Corey Ostler

Back when the book was released in 2001 there was a Sunstone "Author Meets Critics" session for this book. The speakers took most of the time leaving my dad only a few minutes to reply to the critiques offered. Well obviously that isn't enough time so I thought we could go more in depth on answers to issues brought up as well as in some other sessions that are about the topics in the book.

Links:
God's Ultimacy:
sunstonemagazine.com/audio/SL00375.mp3

Author Meets Critics:
sunstonemagazine.com/audio/SL01231.mp3

God's Relation to the Universe:
www.newcoolthang.com/index.php/2010…-or-with/1853/

Topics Discussed:

• God's Ultimacy
• God's Power
• God Knowing All Possibilities
• God and Time

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AuthorCast #69: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 21 September 05 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 21: The Attributes Of God Ch 14 - A Mormon Christology (Part 2)
By Corey Ostler

This is the last episode covering Vol 1: The Attributes of God. Last week we laid out the unique Mormon commitments of a Christology and this week we see if it can hold up to scrutiny. We discuss how the Mormon view dissolves many of the issues in conventional Christology, but has its own set of challenges. Enjoy!

Topics Discussed:
• God's Necessary Existence
• The Necessity of Condescension and Kenosis
• Are Divinity and Humanity Compossible in Christ?
• Time Indexed Properties of Divinity
• Was Jesus Truly Human
• The Problems of Identity
• Was It Possible for Jesus to Sin?
• Could Yahweh Be God If He Could Learn from Suffering?

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AuthorCast #68: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 20 August 22 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 20: The Attributes Of God Ch 14 - A Mormon Christology (Part 1)
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• Distinctive Doctrines of Mormon Scripture
• A Modified Kenotic Theory of Christology

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AuthorCast #67: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 19 August 17 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 19: The Attributes Of God Ch 13 - The Problems of Conventional Christology
By Corey Ostler

This week's episode explores what it means that Christ is both man and God. We talk about the different views on this and some of the problems that arise with conflicts with actual New Testament writing and logical issues. We talk about various traditional attempts to solve these problems and discuss their strengths and shortcomings.

Topics Discussed:
• The Historical Problem
• The Logical Problem
• The Christological Controversy
* Traditional Responses
• The Kenotic Theory
• The Grace Theory

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AuthorCast #66: AuthorCast Round Table Discussion August 16 2017


Round table discussion on Perspective on Mormon Theology: Apologetics. Topics discussed: nature and utility of apologetics, particularly in academic discourse. "Good vs Bad" apologetics. Participants: Blair Van Dyke, Stephen Smoot, Joseph Spencer, Amanda Brown, Loyd Ericson. Moderated by Brian Whitney. Discussion took place at Writ & Vision in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, August 3, 2017. 

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AuthorCast #65: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 18 August 14 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 18: The Attributes Of God Ch 12 - Immutability and Impassibility
By Corey Ostler

The scriptures state that God does not change. We examine what some possible interpretations of this are. There is one extreme of Classical Theism where God cannot change at all and therefore can't really be affected by prayer or humanity. We discuss the option that perhaps this refers to God's Character and his resoluteness to fulfill his promises. We then turn to God and his ability to be affected emotionally. Can God suffer? Well Jesus did and we examine the implications of that and much more. Enjoy!

Topics Discussed:
• Defining Changelessness
• Immutability in Nature
• Immutability in Will
• Immutability and Mutability in God’s Knowledge
• Divine Passibility in Feeling
1. The Argument of Divine Love
2. The Argument from Immanent Omniscience
3. The Argument from Worshipworthiness

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AuthorCast #64: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 17 July 25 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 17: The Attributes Of God Ch 11 - Time, Timelessness, and Omnitemporality
By Corey Ostler

We discuss various ideas on what time is what it means, starting with Aristotle's thought. We then turn our attention to physics and how time is relative depending on one's inertial frame of reference. We summarize the implications of the concept of time from the general and special theories of relativity. We then turn to what it could mean for God to be timeless and problems with that. We then discuss possible issues of God having a body and if God can still be immediately immanent to all existence and implications from the Contingent Omniscience that we discussed last week.

Topics Discussed:
• Everlasting Time
• Measured Time
• The Theory of Relational Time
• Temporality
• The Theory of Absolute Time
• Simultaneity
• Relative Space-Time
• Defining Timeless Eternity
• Implications of Divine Timelessness
• Problems with Divine Timelessness
• Reasons to Adopt Divine Timelessness
• God’s Omnitemporality

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AuthorCast #63: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 16 July 17 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 16: The Attributes Of God Ch 10 - God's Contingent Knowledge
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• Is Contingent Omniscience Consistent with Scripture?
• Is Contingent Omniscience Compatible with a Spatio-Temporally Limited God?
• Does Contingent Knowledge Entail Imperfection?
• Must God Know Future Contingent Propositions?

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AuthorCast #62: MHA presentation by Michael Austin July 14 2017


In this episode, Michael Austin presents "The Dime Novel Hero in Salt Lake City: Popular Fiction and the Contested Mormon Embrace of Modernity, 1890–1903." This presentation was given at the 2017 Mormon History Association Conference held in St. Charles, MO on June 3, 2017.

 

Michael Austin is the co-editor of The Mormon Image in Literature series. Dime Novel Mormons, the latest volume in the series, collects four full-length dime novels that represent different aspects of the Mormon image in dime novels: Eagle Plume, the White Avenger. A Tale of the Mormon Trail (1870); The Doomed Dozen; or, Dolores, the Danite’s Daughter (1881); Frank Merriwell Among the Mormons; or, The Lost Tribes of Israel (1897); and The Bradys Among the Mormons; or, Secret Work in Salt Lake City (1903).

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AuthorCast #61: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 15 July 12 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 15: The Attributes of God Ch 9 - Denying That God's Past Knowledge is Fixed
By Corey Ostler

We talk about arguments that try to attack God's past knowledge/beliefs as fixed. We talk about the idea that a timeless God is exempt from past necessity, and even go over universal possibilism and the multiverse theory.

Topics Discussed:
• Distinguishing Logical and Theological Fatalism
• Argument D
• Hard Facts As Intrinsic Properties of Past Events
• Does The Doctrine of Timelessness Resolve the Incompatibility?
• Multiple Past Compatibilists

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AuthorCast #60: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 14 July 05 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 14: The Attributes of God Ch 8 - Denying Entailment
By Corey Ostler

We discuss different attempts by various philosophers/theologian who try to deny that God's knowing something about a future event in the past entails that God's knowledge can't be changed and therefore destroys Libertarian free will.

Topics Discussed:
• Molina's Response
• Power Entailment
• Criticisms of Power Entailment Principles
• Power to Bring About the Past

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