Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Challenges of Defining Mormon Doctrine

I have to give major kudos to Loyd Ericson and his article "The Challenges of Defining Mormon Doctrine," which was published in Element (Spring and Fall 2007 edition, although it lists 2009 events)--thanks to Matt W. for loaning me his published copy after seeing my last post about Differing Definitions of Doctrine.

It's an excellent, and important article--link to it for yourself. Ericson nails some of the key questions that I've personally been asking myself--tough questions that people in the know haven't spent much time addressing. I hope that changes now.


Matt Davies said...

That was a fascinating article...thanks for posting it. It made me rethink this article from the LDS Newsroom. Although it is entitled "Core Beliefs," it later implies that text explains Church doctrine. (When you begin to read the section on the missionary program, I feel like the use of "difference in practice and not doctrinal belief" is deliberate) So would this be classified as doctrine, beliefs, or policy? It's interesting to think about.

Clean Cut said...

Matt, I'm glad you found it fascinating. I certainly did, as well. I also find your educational pursuits fascinating!