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AuthorCast #83: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3 with David Bokovoy January 18 2018

Episode 83: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

Topics Discussed: We cover lesson three from the Gospel Doctrine manual, "The Creation," covering the creation accounts in Genesis, Book of Moses, and Book of Abraham, as well as the creation of mankind in the image of God.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.

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AuthorCast #82: David Bokovoy, an intro to the Old Testament January 11 2018

Episode 82: David Bokovoy, an intro to the Old Testament
Hosted by Brian Whitney

Topics Discussed: We chat with David Bokovoy about his recent article, 5 Things to Know Before Studying the Old Testament, which has gained quite a bit of attention. We discuss the nature of the Hebrew Bible, the various viewpoints that this scripture contains, as well as approaches to Old Testament study that can add meaning to this sacred record.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. David is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.

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AuthorCast #81: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 32 December 13 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 32: Soteriology in LDS Thought (Pt 1)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• The Vision
• Faith unto Repentance
• Atonement

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AuthorCast #80: Exploring Mormon Thought, Grace vs Works December 06 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought: Grace vs Works short
By Corey Ostler

My father's voice is shot due to a cold so I wanted to share a talk I prepared a while back about Grace and Works in LDS thought. This talk is based closely on talks by Elder Uchtdorf and Brad Wilcox

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AuthorCast #79: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 31 November 21 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 31: Sin and the Uncircumcised Heart (Pt 2)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• Ego Maintenance, Self-Deception, and Authenticity
• The Bondage of Sin and Agency

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AuthorCast #78: Exploring Mormon Thought, episode 30 November 21 2017

Exploring Mormon Thought, Episode 30: Sin and the Uncircumcised Heart (Pt 1)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5
By Corey Ostler

Topics Discussed:
• LDS Light on Original Sin
• Epistemological Assumptions of Moral Obligation

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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?

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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