Rational Theology as Taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Deseret news, 1915 - Mormon Church - 190 pages
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While Apostle Widstoe (1879 – 1952) writes some very intelligent stuff, the following from “A Rational Theology”—1915), he also gets mystical, as in non-rational, or irrational:
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all the unprecedented (Joseph Smith’s approach was more “mystical”), advanced, non-mystical, non-magical reasoning Widstoe does. He, too, seems to get caught up in the wonder of it and attributes/postulates some very non-scientific, non-intelligent effects to the “holy spirit.” These include the orbits of the planets, thunder, lightning, and the tides. This, even though he was certainly knowledgeable as to the actual causes of these phenomena. In some really overreaching hyperbole he even attributes “all the phenomena known to man” as “only manifestations of the will of God.” Very disappointing—and not very “rational,” even by his own definitions and premises.
He writes:
"The chief agent employed by God to communicate his will to the universe is the holy spirit, which must not be confused with the Holy Ghost, the personage who is the third member of the Godhead. The holy spirit permeates all the things of the universe, material and spiritual. By the holy spirit the will of God is transmitted. It forms what may be called the great wireless system of communication among the intelligent beings of the universe. The holy spirit vibrates with intelligence; it takes up the word and will of God as given by him or by his personal agents, and transmits the message to the remotest parts of space. By the intelligent domination and infinite extent of the holy spirit, the whole universe is held together and made as one whole. By its means there is no remoteness into which intelligent beings may escape the dominating will of God. By the holy spirit, God is always with us, and "is nearer than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet." The intelligent earthly manifestations of the holy spirit are commonly spoken of as the natural forces. It is conceivable that the thunders and the lightnings, the movements of the heavenly bodies, the ebb and flow of the oceans, and all the phenomena known to man, are only manifestations of the will of God as transmitted and spread by the measureless, inexhaustible, infinite, all-conducting holy spirit."
 

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