Blake Ostler

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Blake T. Ostler, a Mormon, is a practicing attorney specializing in educational law, employment law and intellectual property. He holds a J.D. from the University of Utah. He has published widely on Mormon philosophy in journals such as Religious Studies, International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, Dialogue: Journal of Mormon Thought, BYU Studies and FARMS Review of Books.

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"I believe that Mormons commonly believe that God the Father became God through a process of moral development and eternal progression to Godhood. The corollary of this view is that there was a time before which God the Father was a god or divine. No Mormon scripture supports this view; rather, it is an inference from non-canonical statements made by Joseph Smith in the King Follett discourse and by President Lorenzo Snow, who coined the couplet: "as man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may become." ("Re-visioning the Mormon Concept of Deity", Element 1:1 (Spring 2005)


"... Blake begins to formulate for the first time ever a systematic Mormon Christology," (David Paulsen, "Foreword" in Exploring Mormon Thought, vol. 1, p. xv)


"There is no authoritative systematic development of Mormon beliefs. There is no final, once and for all, statement of the truth." (Ostler, Exploring Mormon Thought, vol. 1, p. 69).


"... there is no a priori principles such as perfect being theology's notion that God must be the greatest conceivable being or creation theology's view that God is the first cause of existence. Rather, our knowledge of God is based upon our own experience and the knowledge that we have of our own needs to exercise faith rationally," (ibid, p. 71).


"The Mormon scriptures expressly grapple with the problem entailed in asserting that 'God became a man,' an assertion not found in the Old or New Testaments. Indeed, it is doubtful that the Judeo-Christian scripture asserts that Jesus Christ is God in the same sense that the Father is God." (ibid., p. 452.)

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"I personally believe that [Brigham Young's] theology was a disaster for the most part and though I like his emphasis on God as a person and not merely a title or essence as the basis of our worship." [1]

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"How could it be heaven without sex? Perhaps it could be - I just cannot imagine it. The intimacies I know with my wife are too beautiful and fulfilling, too communicating of love and tenderness and vulnerability for me to imagine that we won't still find it to be a great expression of our exclusive-type love for a spouse. That said, I have to imagine that intercourse is not necessary for God to create. However, if he chooses to do it that way like he did for us in this life, I certainly have no objection and cheer on his efforts." (Blake Ostler) [2]

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"Most of the OT wasn't written by those whose names it bears. The Pentateuch wasn't written by Moses. Isaiah didn't write chapters 40-66. The gospels weren't written by those whose names they bear. Many of the epistles attributes to Paul weren't written by him. The Pentateuch is a pastiche of various traditions -- often conflicting. The verses in Mark 16 after verse 8 are very likely added more than a century after the gospel of Mark was written. Matthew's injunctions on divorce contradict those found in Mark and Paul's epistles. I could go on for awhile... [T]he 8th Article of Faith, in my view, assumes way too much about the Bible's correctness..." - Ostler [3]

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