Here are a couple very good books on sale right now ($1.99 each).
Commentary on the Torah, by Richard Elliott Friedman
from Amazon description: In this groundbreaking and insightful new commentary, one of the world’s leading biblical scholars unveils the unity and continuity of the Torah for the modern reader. Richard Elliott Friedman, the bestselling author of Who Wrote the Bible?, integrates the most recent discoveries in biblical archaeology and research with the fruits of years of experience studying and teaching the Bible to illuminate the straightforward meaning of the text — “to shed new light on the Torah and, more important, to open windows through which it sheds its light on us.”
Friedman is a leading Jewish Scholar on the Torah. He wrote, “Who Wrote the Bible?”, one of the best works on the Documentary Hypothesis for laymen. He will help us reach back to the early Jewish understanding of scripture, allowing us to see it in a new light.
How God Became King, by N.T. Wright
From the Amazon description:
“Despite centuries of intense and heavy industry expended on the study of all sorts of features of the gospels,” Wright writes, “we have often managed to miss the main thing that they, all four of them, are most eager to tell us. What we need is not just a bitof fine-tuning, an adjustment here and there. We need a fundamental rethink about what the gospels are trying to tell us.”
What Wright offers is an opportunity to confront these powerful texts afresh, as if we are encountering them for the first time. How God Became King reveals the surprising, unexpected, and shocking news of the gospels: this is the story of a new king, a new kind of king, a king who has changed everything, and a king who invites us to be part of his new world.
N.T, Wright is one of the leading scholars today on the New Testament. He is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. His writings are innovative, and do not toe the Anglican or standard Protestant line, but he discusses concepts as given by scripture and other evidence.
Recently, NBC news claimed that problems were occurring in the Trump White House. Trump responded by questioning whether NBC should continue being licensed.
This is not a new story,as threats have been made by Democrats and Republicans over the last 20 years, threatening the media (television, radio talk show hosts, etc), many times.
The problem is, both parties are putting the First Amendment at risk, threatening to delimit it. The First Amendment guarantees Freedoms of Speech, Religion and the Press. We frequently hear politicians and so-called Americans complain about the First Amendment, wanting to curtail it. We’ve seen several examples in the last few years. Continue reading
President Henry B Eyring will be conducting this meeting. President Monson presides from home.
FYI, Elder Hales died at 12:15pm Mountain time, just after the Sunday morning session.
President Eyring: Elder Hales passed away peacefully this afternoon. We will miss him and give condolences to his family.
Choir: Mormon Tabrernacle Choir: Come O Thou King of Kings
Opening Prayer: Elder Joseph W. Sitate
Choir:Have I Done Any Good?
President Uchtdorff will be conducting this meeting. President Monson presides from his home. Elder Robert D Hales also excused.
Choir: Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Press Forward Saints
Opening Prayer: Elder Michael T Wingwood
Choir: Consider the Lilies
Book Review: Perspectives on Mormon Theology – Apologetics, edited by Blair G. Van Dyke and Loyd Isao Ericson, Greg Kofford Books
I am an apologist. Ever since joining the LDS Church at the age of 16, I’ve spent countless hours explaining, sharing and defending the gospel of Jesus Christ. After my mission, I used to weekly go to the Salt Lake Temple, where I would spend an hour talking gospel with the anti-Mormon protester that handed out pamphlets outside the Temple Square walls. Nibley’s works were amazing to me. I was a list member on William Hamblin’s Ant-Mormon email list 25 years ago. I am a former member of FAIRMormon, written articles for the More Good Foundation, spent many hours on LDS.Net, have several articles on my own webpage, gave a lecture on the Book off Mormon as an Ascension Text at Sunstone Kirtland, blogged on the Gospel Doctrine lessons at my own blog, and a permablogger here at Millennial Star.
That said, I went into this discussion on apologetics with an open mind, eager to see what several LDS scholars thought. The book is a series of essays on apologetics:
- Critical Foundations of Mormon Apologetics – Blair G. Van Dyke
- A Brief Defense of Apologetics – Daniel C. Peterson
- Boundary Maintenance that Pushes the Boundaries: Scriptural and Theological Insights from Apologetics – Neal Rappleye
- I Think, Therefore I Defend – Michael R. Ash
- A Wall Between Church and Academy – Benjamin E. Park
- Mormon Apologetics and Mormon Studies: Truth, History, and Love – Ralph C. Hancock
- The Intellectual Cultures of Mormonism: Faith, Reason and the Apologetic Enterprise – Brian D. Birch
- The Role of Women in Apologetics – Juliann Reynolds
- Avoiding Collateral Damage: Creating a Woman-Friendly Mormon Apologetics – Julie M. Smith
- “The Perfect Union of Man and Woman”: Reclamation and Collaboration in Joseph Smith’s Theology Making – Fiona Givens
- Lamanites, Apologetics and Tensions in Mormon Anthropology – David Knowlton
- Conceptually Confusion and the Building of Stumbling Blocks of Faith – Loyd Isao Ericson
- Shifting Intellectual and Religious Paradigms: One Apologist’s Journey into Critical Study – David Bokovoy
- Toward a New Vision of Apologetics – Joseph M. Spencer
- Apologetics as Theological Praxis – Seth Payne
The articles discuss several important topics in regards to apologetics and LDS scholarship. The discussions focus primarily on the importance of apologetics, its pros and cons, and whether we should be doing apologetics. The articles include the issues of women in apologetics, whether we should instead focus on Mormon scholarly studies, the differences between good and bad apologetics, boundary maintenance, and where we should go in the future. Continue reading