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Exploring Mormon Thought is a weekly podcast that features discussions about Mormon Doctrine and Theology that correlate with topics in the books series of the same name written by scholar and theologian Blake Ostler.

Exploring Mormon Thought is a weekly podcast that features discussions about Mormon Doctrine and Theology that correlate with topics in the books series of the same name written by scholar and theologian Blake Ostler.
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Exploring Mormon Thought is a weekly podcast that features discussions about Mormon Doctrine and Theology that correlate with topics in the books series of the same name written by scholar and theologian Blake Ostler.

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English


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035 -The Compassion Theory of Atonement - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 6

1/15/2018
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We discuss my fathers Atonement Theory "The Compassion Theory of Atonement" and what its basic tenants are. Topics: • God’s Compassion in Atonement • Reconciling Humans to God • Reconciling God to Humans • Christ’s Suffering as a Result of Our Sins

Duration: 01:04:12


034-Soteriology in LDS Thought (Pt 3)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5

1/8/2018
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Part three of Ch 5. We discuss: • Prevenient Grace in LDS Scripture • The Grace of Life and Light • Ritual Expression of Atonement • Transferring the Pain of our Sins to Christ

Duration: 00:49:27


033-Soteriology in LDS Thought (Pt 2)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5

12/29/2017
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Part 2 of Chapter 5. We cover: • Atonement, Justice, and Mercy • Infinite Atonement

Duration: 00:55:27


032-Soteriology in LDS Thought (Pt 1)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5

12/12/2017
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Topics Discussed: • The Vision • Faith unto Repentance • Atonement

Duration: 00:40:19


Grace vs Works short

12/3/2017
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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

Duration: 00:13:37


031-Sin and the Uncircumcised Heart (Pt 2)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5

11/20/2017
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Topics Discussed: • Ego Maintenance, Self-Deception, and Authenticity • The Bondage of Sin and Agency

Duration: 01:09:24


030-Sin and the Uncircumcised Heart (Pt 1)- The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 5

11/13/2017
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Topics Discussed: • LDS Light on Original Sin • Epistemological Assumptions of Moral Obligation

Duration: 00:48:00


029-The Implausibility of Original Sin - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 4

11/6/2017
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Topics Discussed: • The Traditional Paradigms of Original Sin • Can We Be Guilty For the Acts of Another?

Duration: 01:03:29


028-The Relation of Moral Obligation and God in LDS Thought (Pt 2) - Ch 3

10/23/2017
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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? •...

Duration: 01:13:45


027-The Relation of Moral Obligation and God in LDS Thought (Pt 1) - Ch 3

10/16/2017
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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. https://www.amazon.com/New-Mormon-Challenge-Francis-Beckwith/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...

Duration: 00:51:43


026-Providence & Prayer (Part 2) - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 2

10/9/2017
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Topics Discussed: • Prayer to an All-Controlling God • Manipulative Love? • Divine Openness and Petitionary Prayer • Mormonism and the Problem of Prayer

Duration: 01:20:19


025-Providence & Prayer (Part 1) - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 2

10/2/2017
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Topics Discussed: • The Problem of Prayer • A Relational Solution

Duration: 00:46:51


024-Mormonism and the Nature of Divine Love - The Problems of Theism & The Love of God Ch 1

9/25/2017
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Topics Discussed: • Mormonism and God's Love • The Logic of Love • The I-Thou Relation • Unconditional Love and Fellowship Links: Elder Nelson Article- https://www.lds.org/ensign/2003/02/divine-love?lang=eng

Duration: 01:07:03


022-The Attributes of God - A Critique

9/11/2017
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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: http://sunstonemagazine.com/audio/SL00375.mp3 Author Meets Critics:...

Duration: 01:26:49


021-The Attributes Of God Ch 14 - A Mormon Christology (Part 2)

9/4/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:27:02


020-The Attributes Of God Ch 14 - A Mormon Christology (Part 1)

8/22/2017
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Topics Discussed: • Distinctive Doctrines of Mormon Scripture • A Modified Kenotic Theory of Christology

Duration: 01:25:03


019-The Attributes Of God Ch 13 - The Problems of Conventional Christology

8/14/2017
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This weeks 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

Duration: 01:16:48


018-The Attributes Of God Ch 12 - Immutability and Impassibility

8/7/2017
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Topics Discussed: • Defining Changelessness • Immutability in Nature • Immutability in Will • Immutability and Mutability in God’s Knowledge • Divine Passibility in Feeling • 1. The Argument of Divine Love • 2. The Argument from Immanent Omniscience • 3. The Argument from Worshipworthiness

Duration: 01:35:53


017-The Attributes Of God Ch 11 - Time, Timelessness, and Omnitemporality

7/24/2017
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We discuss various ideas on what time is what it means, starting with Aristotle's thought. We then turn our attention to physics and how time is relative depending on one's inertial frame of reference. We summarize the implications of the concept of time from the general and special theories of relativity. We then turn to what it could mean for God to be timeless and problems with that. We then discuss possible issues of God having a body and if God can still be immediately immanent to all...

Duration: 01:10:30


016-The Attributes Of God Ch 10 - God's Contingent Knowledge

7/17/2017
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This is it folks! The moment you've been waiting for. For the last while we have been talking about how infallible foreknowledge and free will are not compatible. Well, you ask, then what does God know? We discuss how if the future doesn't yet exist then it cannot be known. We talk about the view that God knows all possibilities and the related probabilities of future events, but not which events will become actual. We discuss various objections to this view and if this is a God still...

Duration: 01:06:44

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