“… Mormonism is truth, in other words the doctrine of the Latter-day Saints, is truth. … The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same.”
-Letter from Joseph Smith to Isaac Galland, Mar. 22, 1839, Liberty Jail, Liberty, Missouri, published in Times and Seasons, Feb. 1840, pp. 53–54; spelling and grammar modernized.

Even the most superficial of interactions with me, whether online or otherwise, will usually leave a person knowing one thing: I love religion. Now when I say religion, I am usually defining it in the broadest of terms, that is synonymous with worldview. 

Dictionary.com defines the two as:

religion

[ri-lijuh n]

noun

  1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
  2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
  3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
  4. the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
  5. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
  6. something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
  7. religions, Archaic. religious rites: painted priests performing religions deep into the night.
  8. Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one’s vow.

Worldview or Weltanschauung

[velt-ahn-shou-oo ng]

noun, German.

  1. a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.
With such in mind, as part of my deep passion for religion, I will soon begin to write a series titled ‘Brief Reflections: A Mormon Reads…’  in which I will not so much be reviewing, but much more reflecting on particular sacred texts from various religions and the respective truths that Latter-day Saints can pull from them. I will be offering my thoughts on various scriptural passages and quotes, as well as the similar parallels one can find within the LDS Standard Works (The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price). I hope that this project can be a brief glimpse as to what I eventually want to accomplish in life, that is an expanded series focusing on the similarities and differences that exist between Mormonism and various other religions and faiths. I have seen such done in the book Commonalities: A Positive Look at the Latter-day Saints from a Baha’i Perspective by a friend of mine, Serge Van Neck. Perhaps alongside or instead of it could be various annotated additions of different sets of scripture outside the Standard Works, with expanded Latter-day Saint commentary beneath. An example of this can be seen in Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Meaning of Life which closely compares the teachings in the two texts (while not necessarily offering the text in full). Such are just a few musings of young Mormon with a passion for interfaith and interreligious studies.

You can expect that some of the books of scripture covered will include:

Likewise I will be offering thoughts on some non-scriptural books such as:

and more…

(I also provided links to the particular translations or editions that I will be utilizing)
Anyways keep a heads-up for such to take place within the coming weeks. I imagine it will take a fair amount of time for me to compose and format such. I promise to do my best to keep them as reflections instead of expanded commentaries. Oh if I wasn’t so young!
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3 thoughts on “New Series! Brief Reflections: A Mormon Reads…

  1. If you haven’t already done so, consider reviewing and musing on the work of Pico Della Mirandola, who undertook a like project (albeit for a Catholic audience) during the Renaissance. I was enchanted by his “Oration on the Dignity of Man”, although Serge was less impressed than I.

    Also, don’t forget to include Plato’s works. I find a lot of commonalities with the supposed dialogues of Socrates and universal truths (and even some nuggets precious to Saints).

    Good luck with your project. I look forward to reading.

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