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Authorcast #107: James McLachlan, editor of Element, journal for the Society of Mormon Philosophy and Theology March 11 2019

On this episode, we chat with James McLachlan, co-editor of Element: The Journal for the Society of Mormon Philosophy and Theology (SMPT). We discuss James's background, give a basic primer on a few schools of thought within philosophy and their relationship to Mormonism. We also discuss the origins of SMPT, the most recent issue of Element, and the upcoming 2019 SMPT Annual Meeting taking place March 14-17 at the University of Utah.

Click here for details about the 2019 SMPT Annual Meeting.

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Element: The Journal for the Society of Mormon Philosophy and Theology
Volume 8, Issue 1

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AuthorCast #101: Interview with Blake Ostler July 11 2018

Episode 101: Interview with Blake Ostler
Hosted by Brian Whitney

Blake T. Ostler is an independent scholar residing in Salt Lake City, Utah,and the author of the multi-volume Exploring Mormon Thought series. Volume 1: The Attributes of God has recently been re-issued in paperback. In this interview, Blake discusses his background, the series, some of the key philosophocal discussions in The Attributes of God, such as the nature of free will, God's existence within time, and Mormon Christology.



“These books are the most important works on Mormon theology ever written. There is nothing currently available that is even close to the rigor and sophistication of these volumes.” — FARMS Review, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

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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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