There is a call for papers for the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology annual meetings that MattW announced here. When I saw that the theme was “The Measure of Their Creation—Theological Anthropology”, and that one of the suggested topics was spirit birth, I got a bit excited. Spirit birth was among my favorite blogging topics, and several of my posts on this topic can be read here.
I have never submitted a paper to anything like this before, and I readily admit that I am likely not up to the task of putting together a paper that will meet the appropriate standards. But since this is a topic that interests me, and because I have been wanting to piece together the ideas and thoughts of all the posts and comments on this topic – I think I am going to make a go of it.
I thought I might spit out a possible outline for such a paper in this post, and solicit advice from any who care to give it. I might organize such a paper thus:
Establish that literal spirit birth is a legitimate idea in Mormonism
– Key scriptures (Heb 12, Rom 8 etc.)
– Proclamation, TTTF
– BH Roberts, Truman Madsen, Brigham Young, John Widtsoe quotes
Discuss theological Implications
– Necessity of a tripartite model
– Relationship between God and Man
– Christ as Elder Brother
– Eternal families and Exaltation
– Sexual relations and viviparous birth for Heavenly parents
– Billions + of spirit offspring
– Resurrected being giving birth to spirit bodies
– Why did it take so long?
– Fixed/finite number of intelligences
– Spirit adoption
So, feel free to mock me, give me encouragement and advice, ignore me. Whatever you want.