About two-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a post for my solo blog that looked at the work of Sarah Hinze, an author that has written a number of books on the subject of “pre-birth experiences”: accounts of individuals who claim to have memories of their life before their birth or to have received communications from a child before he or she was born/conceived. Amazingly, she has managed to find a surprisingly large number of these type of accounts. I met Sarah through my father, who has been involved with the Utah Chapter of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) for a long time, and was acquainted with Sarah’s work through that organization. The post that I wrote introducing her work became one of my blog’s most popular pieces, and for good reason. If you’re interested, please check out the original post here.
The purpose of this current post is to share a call for contributions to Sarah’s new book, The Memory of Angels: Remembering Our Premortal Life. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that recalls memories from their pre-mortal life, but apparently there is a good number of them out there, including, especially, small children. If you have had such an experience/memory, then this invitation is for you:
I’m going to approach this post a little differently from my last one. Here, I am not expressly arguing for any comparisons. I am merely presenting some research that has been done by a scholar whose work I enjoy reading. Feel free to come to your own conclusions. The following comes from a book by British scholar Crispin Fletcher-Louis, entitled All the Glory of Adam: Liturgical Anthropology in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 2002). I posted this recently on my blog Heavenly Ascents, but I thought it would be appropriate to share again here for this audience.
Fletcher-Louis had the following to say about the early Jewish belief that all of humanity was meant to be divine, a potential that could be fully realized in the elect:
Studies driven by New Testament concerns have tended to focus attention on the singular angelomorphic hero of old or the future messiah whose identity prefigures early Christian beliefs about Jesus. However, the fact that so often the angelomorphic identity is grounded in that of Adam before his exit from Eden, the existence of a continuity of angelomorphic identity through the generations of God’s elect and the focus on Israel as an angelomorphic people of God speaks for a theological perspective which should not be missed: there seems to be a claim which is usually implicit, but, as we shall see, is at other times explicit, that true humanity, as it is restored among the elect, is both angelomorphic and divine. In the rush to explain the origins of early Christian beliefs about Jesus sight can be lost of the fact that the peculiarly divine, angelic or exalted status of a particular righteous individual is fundamentally an expression of a universal theological anthropology. (Crispin Fletcher-Louis, All the Glory of Adam, 12)
For my first substantive post here on M*, I wanted to take you back to an issue that was discussed on this blog by M* Ben, back in 2005. M* Ben raised some very relevant and interesting queries for those of us who are familiar with the LDS temple ordinances: “Should we find the Temple ordinances in the Old Testament? If so, should we see them presented as they are today?” His preliminary answers to these two questions were “yes to the first and no to the second.” I agree with M* Ben’s initial conclusions, but I would like to approach these questions from, perhaps, a different angle and present to you some different results. I believe that the temple ordinances that we know today may have been presented as more of a “coherent whole” than M* Ben assumed. (Just to forewarn you, this post may be a little on the long side)
I just recently read the above line (Matt. 2:10) in my study of the New Testament, and I thought it would make a nicely appropriate title for this post. My name is David Larsen and I am very happy to be participating with The Millennial Star as a new contributor. Most of you probably don’t know me — I am a PhD student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and am the author of a solo blog called Heavenly Ascents. I’ve been blogging for 2+ years now, but never managed to be greatly active on the Bloggernacle (not out of lack of interest — I blame my busy school schedule). However, I have recently been in closer contact with some of the founding members/bloggers here at Millennial Star and (although I have long been familiar with the blog and frequently enjoyed reading it) have recently been increasingly impressed with their dedication, sincerity, and faith. When the opportunity arose for me to contribute to the “Star”, I “rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” 🙂