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Parallels and Convergences: Mormon Thought and Engineering Vision [Paperback]

A. Scott Howe , Richard L. Bushman , Terryl L. Givens

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28 Feb 2012
The earth will eventually be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory. But how will our current world ever become the heaven of our dreams? The Lord is already on it; and, as the essays in this book provocatively proposes, He's following good engineering principles. Joseph Fielding Smith said, regarding inventions in these latter days, "The inspiration of the Lord has gone out and takes hold of the minds of men, though they know it not, and they are directed by the Lord. In this manner he brings them into his service." If there is "no such thing as immaterial matter," and "all spirit is matter," then what are the implications for such standard theological principles as creation, human progression, free will, transfiguration, resurrection, and immortality? In eleven stimulating essays, Mormon engineers probe gospel possibilities and future vistas dealing with human nature, divine progression, and the earth's future. Richard Bushman poses a vision-expanding proposal: "The end point of engineering knowledge may be divine knowledge. Mormon theology permits us to think of God and humans as collaborators in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Engineers may be preparing the way for humans to act more like gods in managing the world."

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Greg Kofford Books, Inc. (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589581873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589581876
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15 x 22.6 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Wedding of Modern Science and Mormon Religious Vision 14 April 2012
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This is a book of marvelous speculations that open up the vision of how beautifully and practically Mormonism can (and probably even should) be wed with our increase in scientific knowledge.

You will find essays that excitedly explain how quantum physics, nanotechnology, transhumanism, space exploration, and even virtual programmed worlds open to our eyes potential models of the eternities, and even the very nature of resurrection, the millennium, and `spiritual creation'. The essays come from a wide degree of differing personal interpretations of the Eternal Story of Mormonism (some are more inspired by Brigham Young, some B.H Roberts some even Tad Callister and Cleon Skousen), but in the end, prior to my initial assumptions, it doesn't diminish their vision, but rather serves to effectively illustrate how expansive and powerful ideas inspired by the Wide World of Mormonism can be.

While I didn't always agree with the ultimate conclusions of the essayists, all of them made me consider some aspects I hadn't before. In one early essay, due to the essayist's stated belief in one particular theological model, I initially read through it not expecting to learn, or to be enlightened in any way by it, having made up my mind that the assumptions the essay were based on would not to speak to me. But I was surprised when an idea and interpretational paradigm was presented that indeed had not occurred to me before. In spite of not expecting or particularly desiring to learn from this essay, I was taught, and inspired. That is the sign of a remarkable teacher.

A key message of the entire collection is that our faith and vision doesn't need to be held back by ancient shepherds' or pioneers' technology and understanding of the workings of the world. We can `map' our technological understanding and development onto their expansive vision - and in many ways, that may indeed be the only way to bring their visions into reality and fulfillment. It is a call to not just hope that some day we may live again, or that we will live in a magically made paradise earth - but rather to very literally, through our acquired knowledge and technology, and guided by inspired vision, to work and apply engineering skills to "bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of man".

This book was a blast. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parallels and Convergences: Mormon Thought and Engineering Vision 8 May 2012
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Gets my brain working again. And it gets my engineering son to come and read it with me and so i get to spend some time with him. And I like the book.
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