This is a transcript of a talk I gave in the sacrament meeting of my local congregation today. Your feedback, as always, is invited and welcome.
In the Hebrew Bible, we read of a fiery voice that burned as Moses wondered and questioned. “Why should I go to Pharaoh? Why should I bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Suppose I go and say, ‘God sent me’? What if they don’t listen? What if they don’t believe?” Finally, Moses concluded, “God, please send someone else.”
Most regular readers of my blog are aware of the ancient tradition of Christian authorities that teach theosis (the idea that humanity should become God, also known as divinization, apotheosis, or deification), but some may not know how broadly that tradition has endured. Of course Mormons continue to teach theosis, probably more explicitly and frequently than any other major religion, but they're not the only to do so. In fact, the world's largest denomination of the Christian religion, Catholicism, continues to teach theosis.
This weekend, I watched and listened to the October 2014 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and engaged in discussion of related ideas online. Below are 97 thoughts and highlights, from me and others, about the conference. The thoughts range from affirmations to disagreements, and from questions to assertions. Hopefully they'll provoke reflection, questions, and comments, and contribute to a more meaningful engagement with the ideas generally, and particularly with the Mormon religion and the LDS Church, which are important parts of life for me, many of my family and friends, and millions of others.