AuthorCast

AuthorCast #77: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 29 November 07 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 29: The Implausibility of Original Sin - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 4
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• The Traditional Paradigms of Original Sin
• Can We Be Guilty For the Acts of Another?

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


AuthorCast #76: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 28 October 23 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 28: The Relation of Moral Obligation and God in LDS Thought (Pt 2) - Ch 3
By Corey Ostler

We discuss different ethical theories and evaluate if they fit with the LDS commitments and doctrine. We layout the positive and negative aspect of each theory and come up with a theory of ethics that is scriptural and consistent with the LDS world view and revelations.

Topics Discussed:
• The Possibilities of Ethics in LDS Thought
• An LDS Teleological Ethic?
• The Human Rights Objection
• The Distributive-Justice Objection
• The Genuine Friendship Objection
• A Duty-Based LDS Ethic?
• The Overbroad Rule Argument
• The Underinclusive Value Argument
• An LDS Agape Theory of Ethics in Alignment with the Gospel of Christ

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


AuthorCast #75: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 27 October 16 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 27: 027-The Relation of Moral Obligation and God in LDS Thought (Pt 1) - Ch 3
By Corey Ostler

In his contribution to The New Mormon Challenge, Francis Beckwith argues that the LDS view of God(s) cannot explain the existence of objective moral obligation and that the “classical” view which he purports to defend can.

www.amazon.com/New-Mormon-Challe…ith/dp/0310231949

Topics Discussed:
• Beckwith's Argument
• Why Beckwith’s Argument Necessarily Unsound
• Are Moral Laws Logically Dependent On God’s Nature?
• Is God a Morally Perfect Being?
• Beckwith’s Equivocation in His Use of “God”

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


AuthorCast #74: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 26 October 09 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 26: Providence & Prayer (Part 2) - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 2
By Corey Ostler

We discuss the problems with praying to a God who has All-Controlling power. We ask whether manipulation can ever be conducive to an authentic loving relationship. We overview the strengths of the Open Theism movement for relating to God through prayer. Finally, we discuss a Mormon view on the problem of prayer and what options are available and what unique solutions the LDS view of God can provide to this issue.

Topics Discussed:
• Prayer to an All-Controlling God
• Manipulative Love?
• Divine Openness and Petitionary Prayer
• Mormonism and the Problem of Prayer

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


AuthorCast #73: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 25 October 03 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 25: Providence & Prayer (Part 1) - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 2
By Corey Ostler

We discuss the problem of prayer. I may speak to God, but how could I impart any information that He doesn’t already know? I may ask God, but how could I ask for anything that he isn’t already dedicated to offering for my greatest good? I may seek God, but how could I ever suppose that he hasn’t already sought me?

Topics Discussed:
• The Problem of Prayer
• A Relational Solution

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


AuthorCast #72: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 24 September 25 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 24: Mormonism and the Nature of Divine Love - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 1
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• Mormonism and God's Love
• The Logic of Love
• The I-Thou Relation
• Unconditional Love and Fellowship

Links: Elder Nelson Article- www.lds.org/ensign/2003/02/divine-love?lang=eng

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


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

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


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

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


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?

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


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

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


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

Learn more about Blake Ostler’s book series, Exploring Mormon Thought.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android


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. 

Preview the volume here.
Read a Q&A with the editors here.

Download

Subscribe in Pocket Casts
 Subscribe on Android