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This book explores paradigms of what happens when we start viewing our body as a friend instead of as the enemy. It will also explain why one needs to embrace the soul mate of your lover as well as of your self and your God. Wholeness can only be realized in the trilogy of the embrace. The last chapter will explore what happens when our worship is habituated and reduced do This book explores paradigms of what happens when we start viewing our body as a friend instead of as the enemy.
The last chapter will explore what happens when our worship is habituated and reduced down to the lowest common denominator of doing whatever we are told. Get A Copy.
Kindle Edition , 86 pages. More Details Yet, he admirably refuses to shy away from controversy, which is especially seen in his willingness to engage the precarious topics of polygamy and the priesthood ban of African Americans in a book whose subject may have otherwise excused their absence Givens introduces the reader to Mormon thought with a historical prelude.
Each chapter carefully moves the reader through the history of Mormon thought in order to comprehensively survey the religion, articulating lesser-known heterodox doctrinal statements along the way. For example, where historic Christianity ends its story in glorified reunion of creation with Creator, Mormonism continues towards exaltation via theosis.
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Givens does not shy away from this controversial idea exaltation ; rather, he hits it head on, sometimes opining in support of the doctrine as well. Yet, it is in these rare moments of deviation from historical theology to apologetic theology where I find the book less helpful. Givens occasionally shifts from describing theological points to arguing them. In the chapter Theosis , he deviates from merely describing exaltation to justifying the doctrine.
There were points like this in the book where I felt Givens shifted gears from surveyor to apologist-theologian when a specific doctrine was more interesting or important to him. This is when his LDS identity is most luminous.
Accordingly, as a non-LDS student of Mormon studies, I found Givens to be refreshingly lucid in a genre that is typically opaque. And while I enjoyed him as a surveyor of historical and contemporary Mormon theology, I enjoyed him less as an apologist-theologian of the same.
In all, Wrestling is a must-read for those interested in Mormon studies and those with a desire to experience the caliber of contemporary Mormon scholarship. Givens does what few LDS scholars have done before him: collect, consolidate, and communicate the sweeping breadth of Mormon theology in a manner that avails itself to both laymen and academics, LDS and non-LDS, alike. The result is an invaluable resource for students of Mormon studies and missiology.
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Its publisher, Oxford University Press, testifies to the growing stature and audience of Mormon studies. Givens does the world a great service by formalizing a very informal theology through remarkable literary artistry. Whether you are interested in tuning into current Mormon studies or looking for a helpful missiological resource, Wrestling will serve you well.