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A Rational Theology As Taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints   By: (1872-1952)

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Rational Theology

As Taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints


Published for the Use of the Melchizedek Priesthood by the General Priesthood Committee


Copyright, 1915 BY JOHN A. WIDTSOE


A rational theology, as understood in this volume, is a theology which (1) is based on fundamental principles that harmonize with the knowledge and reason of man, (2) derives all of its laws, ordinances and authority from the accepted fundamental principles, and (3) finds expression and use in the everyday life of man. In short, a rational theology is derived from the invariable laws of the universe, and exists for the good of man.

This volume is an exposition; it is not an argument. The principles of the Gospel, as held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, are stated, briefly, simply and without comment, to show the coherence, reasonableness and universality of the gospel philosophy. The authority for many of the statements found in the volume is given in the references included in the appendix. The doctrines herein stated are, however, the common knowledge of the members of the Church. No attempt has been made to correlate the doctrines discussed with current philosophical opinions. Those who are led to study this rational theology in the light of the best knowledge and soundest thought, will enter a fertile field, and will find a surprising harmony between the Gospel and all discovered truth.

The book could not be made larger, were it to serve well the special purpose for which it was written. Therefore, the treatment is brief and many important and interesting subjects are omitted. Moreover, the book had to be completed within a short, set time, and many of the imperfections of the work are the results of the hurried preparation.

Every writer who in this day attempts an exposition of the Gospel must draw heavily upon the clear thoughts of those who, from Joseph Smith to the living workers, have written and spoken in behalf of the truth. I acknowledge, gratefully, my obligation to the makers of "Mormon" literature. Many friends have, also, in various ways, given kindly aid; to them I offer hearty and sincere thanks.





Chapter 1. The Meaning of Theology

Man in the Universe A Man's Religion Theology Defined The Gospel The Purpose of this Book.

Chapter 2. How Knowledge is Gained

The Senses The Sixth Sense Transmitted Knowledge The Use of the Reason The Foundation of Rational Theology.

Chapter 3. Eternalism

All Knowledge, the Basis Eternal Matter Universal Matter, Indestructible Eternal Energy Universal Intelligence Eternal Intelligence The Eternal Relationship An Eternal Plan Eternalism.

Chapter 4. The Will of Man

The Primeval Condition The Intelligence of Man The Will of Man Value of the Will.

Chapter 5. The Great Law

Increasing Complexity of the Universe Man and the Great Law The Law of Development.

Chapter 6. God and Man

Why God is God Many Gods Why Man is Man God's Help to Man Man's Help to God God's Attributes.

Chapter 7. Man Is That He May Have Joy

Consciousness and the Universe The Primeval Condition The First Estate The Second Estate The Third Estate Everlasting Joy.

Chapter 8. Man's Free Agency

In the Beginning The Council in Heaven The Need of a Savior Man's Part in the Great Plan Free Agency.

Chapter 9. The Great Plan

Forgetfulness Subject to Earth Conditions Laws to Be Obeyed An Organization All to Accept the Plan The Meaning of the Earth Plan.


Chapter 10. The Coming of Man

Making of the Earth The Builders The Coming of Man The "Fall" The First Blessing The Garden of Eden A Wise Beginning.

Chapter 11. The Course of the Gospel on Earth

Adam Hears the Gospel The First Dispensation The First Apostasy Later Dispensation of the Meridian of Time The Great Apostasy The Restoration The Vital Facts... Continue reading book >>

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