I was just released, due to my move to another State, from being a Ward Clerk. I served in the calling for about 4-1/2 years. there are some aspects of the calling that I quite liked. I would like to share my thought about my time as the Ward Clerk.
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To wrap up notes on T. J. Mawson’s Philosophy of Religion lecutes, here are the final three essential properties of God. On these three, I feel most Mormons will be in pretty good agreement. So here is my take.
I have enjoyed listening and reading T. J. Mawson’s Philosophy of Religion lectures and notes available through Oxford University. I find his simple review of key topics to be very accessible. And when I combine my typical Mormon background with his logical presentation of important topics, I find some clarity. It also reminds me of what I like about my religion. Today’s properties are omnipotence, omniscience and eternality.
I have been enjoying some free audio lectures on philosophy from Oxford University. And one set of lectures I just started listening to involves the philosophy of religion, and included some lectures on the essential properties of God. The first three properties are referred to in the title of this post. I do not literally agree with two of them, but I now understand that I am not as far away from these concepts as I originally thought.
I suspect that I view God as less absolute than most people do. Because I believe in an embodied God, I do not feel that He can literally be everywhere and everywhen. And because I have a robust belief in free will, I do not feel that God can have absolute foreknowledge. All this leads to a somewhat non-absolute view of God.
I thought I might pass this along:
From February 15th to February 29th, Mormon Artist magazine will begin hosting the Mormon Lit Blitz, an online literary contest for Mormon creative writers. As its organizers, we hope it will be one of the most significant literary happenings in the Mormon arts community this year.
The format of the contest is simple. Beginning on February 15th, the Mormon Artist blog will post one short story, poem, or personal essay a day for the rest of the month (excluding Sundays). At the end of the contest, readers will be encouraged to vote for the piece they like best, and the author of the winning piece will be awarded a Kindle loaded with works of Mormon literature.
The thirteen pieces that will be featured in the contest were selected from almost two hundred entries from four different countries. They were written to appeal broadly to Latter-day Saint audiences, particularly committed members of the Church. As judges, though, we were careful to select artistic works that avoided the cheesiness and preachiness that people often associate with Mormon literature. Among the finalists are Kathryn Lynard Soper, author of the award-winning The Year My Son and I Were Born; Wm Henry Morris, founder of A Motley Vision and co-editor of Monsters & Mormons; and Deja Earley, Marilyn Nielson, and Jonathan Penny, three poets whose work can be found in Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-First Century Mormon Poets.