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  1. So are you suggesting that Remini is wrong about Scientology in the same way you think Bill is about Mormonism? ๐Ÿคจ
  2. CA Steve

    The Latter-day Saint view of God

    I feel like there are at least 15 different thread worthy questions I would like you to answer from just these three short lines, but in trying to keep this on topic lets stick to this statement below, though I would like to say that the last two sentences seem to be directly contradicted by LDS teachings on authority and priesthood vis a vis exaltation. But back to the OP and how it relates to the book by McMurrin. You said: It has been years since I read McMurrin's book and now as I go back I see it is a treasure trove of observations on Mormon belief. It really is worth reading regardless of how out of date it is, or in fact, precisely because of that fact, as it will at least give an excellent glimpse to Mormon theological thought 50-60 years ago and a stepping stone to people like Givens. Regarding your statement above, I think McMurrin agrees very much with you here. After spending some time laying out the differences between necessary and contingent, finite and infinite, time and timelessness he says that in Mormonism: So the OP states McMurrin directly replies to this last line on page 35. While it is all fine and good to say what is important is coming to know him personally; if we stop there, what separates us from others who claim the same thing? If just knowing God is all that important why do we focus so much on eternal progression, especially where we ourselves can continue to have offspring eternally, a belief that radically sets us apart from other religious beliefs?
  3. CA Steve

    The KEP?

    Thanks Robert. Hopefully my wife does not find out that the books are/will be online. Otherwise I may be back to sweaters and ties for gifts.
  4. CA Steve

    The Latter-day Saint view of God

    This book may interest you. The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion by Sterling McMurrin
  5. CA Steve

    The KEP?

    Nor can I but at least my wife knows what I want for my next dozen or so birthday and Xmas presents.
  6. CA Steve

    Video games

    As others have pointed out, anything carried to an extreme can be obsessive. I tried to tell my parents this same thing about the more than 20 hours a week we spent pre-3-hour block getting ready for, driving to, attending, and returning from Priesthood, Sunday School, Sacrament, Fireside, Mutual, Primary, and Seminary. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  7. CA Steve

    The KEP?

    Thanks Robert. I love the Joseph Smith Papers project but at times I find it difficult to navigate directly to the section which I want. Having a real book in front of me is much easier for me to study. The volume in question, as the inaccurate Amazon reviewer noted, has 30 pages of character comparisons which shows "the instances a character and its associated information across all the documents in which that character appears." I don't seem to be able to find this on the JS Papers site outside of a mention in the index. Can you provide me a link to those pages?
  8. CA Steve

    Thom Wayment's NT

    It already has been issued in paperback format, but it is out of stock at Amazon and Deseret Book. You might be able to call DB and see when they will have it back in stock.
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    Video games

    By the way, on a more serious note, if we wanted to get a lot more LDS male youths to serve missions, we could figure out a way to proselytize while playing online mmorpg games. Maybe form a well know highly successful guild called "The Stripling Warriors" that participates in all different games.
  10. CA Steve

    Video games

    I honestly don't see the problem. I would write out a lengthy response on why video games are okay but my WoW guild is starting a raid in an hour and I have to farm some regs to make mana potions.
  11. CA Steve

    The KEP?

    To date, by far the best source for the KEP and its relationship to the BofA is Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, V. 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts. It is pricey and since it has only been out a few months, there aren't any good used copies for sale yet that I could find. There are older and cheaper books out there that deal with, to some extent, the same subject but are severely lacking when compared to this volume. This is what faithful scholarship, can and does look like. I have not finished reading it yet and I hardly think I am qualified to do it justice in a review but this review from Amazon seems to sum it up nicely.
  12. Obviously if you have responded to me in Hebrew, there wouldn't have been any misunderstanding. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If fact, that gives me an idea. You should hold future conversations you have with Mark in Hebrew. ๐Ÿ˜„
  13. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that the Spanish destroyed all the writings they found? Certainly it is reasonable to assume that the Spanish could not have destroyed writing in areas they never discovered, perhaps areas like this Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle.
  14. It makes a lot more sense if one considers what 19th century beliefs were regarding Hebrew, Egyptian and Pure Adamic language. Joseph Smith was interested in languages, especially Egyptian and Hebrew, because in 19th century America they were considered the closest languages to Pure Adamic which many thought eliminated all forms of linguistic confusion.