quotes tagged with 'scholarship'

In our day we are experiencing an explosion of knowledge about the world and its people. But the people of the world are not experiencing a comparable expansion of knowledge about God and his plan for his children. On that subject, what the world needs is not more scholarship and technology but more righteousness and revelation.
Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1989.h...Saved by richardkmiller in information revelation priorities wisdom knowledge technology righteousness scholarship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
When reason is adopted as the only—or even the principal—method of judging the gospel, the outcome is predetermined. One cannot find God or understand his doctrines and ordinances by closing the door on the means He has prescribed for receiving the truths of his gospel.
Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1989.h...Saved by richardkmiller in revelation reason scholarship receiving 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The acquisition of knowledge by revelation is an extra bonus to seekers in the sciences and the arts, but it is the fundamental method for those who seek to know God and the doctrines of his gospel. In this area of knowledge, scholarship and reason are insufficient.
Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1989.h...Saved by richardkmiller in truth revelation inspiration gospel knowledge science scholarship study 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I wish I could strike a responsive chord in Christians like you. We wonder why all Christians don’t understand that we believe in the Book of Mormon on the basis of a spiritual witness. It is very hard for a Mormon to believe that Christians accept the Bible because of the scholarly evidence confirming the historical accuracy of the work. Surely there are uneducated believers whose convictions are not rooted in academic knowledge. Isn't there some kind of human, existential truth that resonates with one's desires for goodness and divinity? And isn't that ultimately why we read the Bible as a devotional work? We don't have to read the latest issues of the journals to find out if the book is still true. We stick with it because we find God in its pages or inspiration, or comfort, or scope. That is what religion is about in my opinion, and it is why I believe the Book of Mormon. I can't really evaluate all the scholarship all the time; while I am waiting for it to settle out I have to go on living. I need some good to hold on to and to lift me up day by day. The Book of Mormon inspires me, and so I hold on. Reason is too frail to base a life on. You can be whipped about by all the authorities with no genuine basis for deciding for yourself. I think it is far better to go where goodness lies.

I keep thinking other Christians are in a similar position but they don't agree. They keep insisting their beliefs are based on reason and evidence. I can't buy that—the resurrection as rational fact? And so I am frankly as perplexed about Christian belief as you are about Mormons. Educated Christians claim to base their belief on reason when I thought faith was the teaching of the scriptures. You hear the Good Shepherd's voice, and you follow it.

I guess we could go on and on. I hope I am telling you the truth about myself. The fact is I am a believer and I can't help myself. I couldn't possibly give it up; it is too delicious.
Author: Richard L Bushman, Source: On the Road With Joseph SmithSaved by Doc in history bookofmormon faith belief testimony christianity mormonism scholarship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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