I think we're on the cusp of a paring down, and 'de-doctrinization' of many elements of 'authoritative speculation' and tradition are being, piece by piece, peeled away from those things that we do know and have clear, documented revelation on.
I think this is wonderful, because I think, as President Uchtdorf said, "Brothers and sisters, as good as our previous experience may be, if we stop asking questions, stop thinking, stop pondering, we can thwart the revelations of the Spirit. Remember, it was the questions young Joseph asked that opened the door for the restoration of all things. We can block the growth and knowledge our Heavenly Father intends for us. How often has the Holy Spirit tried to tell us something we needed to know but couldn’t get past the massive iron gate of what we thought we already knew
As long as speculation and tradition is 'doctrinal', insights won't be sought, because many people feel we 'already have the answer'. I think steps were taken in Gospel Principles 2009, and in the Mormonism 101 to begin towards a process of 'de-doctrinization' of speculation based assumptions and traditions and assertions that have indeed been taught as 'doctrine', mingled with what the scriptures and other facts actually say.
ctually a great way to decrease inside-the-Church contention, and a way to avoid either "Super Liberal" or "Super Conservative" interpretations as being DE FACTO.
I think this a wonderful indication of the direction we're heading, and perhaps a necessary pre-amble for institutionally receiving further light and knowledge. Baby steps, but toddling in a wonderful direction, IMHO.
Edited by nackhadlow, 13 March 2012 - 11:25 AM.