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Shop Indie eBooks. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 0. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. It contains articles on a variety of topics including a transcript of a talk by Elder Neal A.
Maxwell, an essay on morality and freedom, a book review of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, a description of the original text of the Book of Mormon and its publication, a book review of The Mother of the Lord, a book review of Deconstructing Mormonism, a book review of Passing the Heavenly Gift, and an analysis of the arguments alleging The Late War as a source for the Book of Mormon text. For example, the use of either living or representational vegetal motifs in the Mormon Garden room, Jewish Holy Place, or Catholic nave and baptistery reinforce the symbolism of abundant fertility associated with Eden.
The expulsion theme is also prevalent between the three religions with the use of cherubic gatekeepers to protect the entrance to the Garden of Eden. The architectural hermeneutic between the three religions continues to clarify the overlapping themes. In the next section, cosmic history shifts from paradise to the fallen, disordered world. Episode III: A Fallen, Disordered World The next phase of the discussion is called the fallen, disordered world, and it marks the midway point of the journey through the episodes of cosmic history.
Often with the starkest contrasts to the previous Edenic state, themes across the three religions include: opposition, contention, enmity, chaos, desolate landscapes, sacrifice, sin, repentance, and a period of time before redemption. For instance, see the Neonian baptistery in Ravenna and the baptistery of S. Giovanni in Fonte, Naples. The reality of only a partial connectivity with God must have been a constant reminder of their fallen condition in the lone and dreary world.
Lucifer has almost the entire control over the whole earth, [since he] rules and governs the children of men and leads them on to destruction. Long, George D. Watt, Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 26 vols.
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London: Latter-day Saints Book Depot, , While not part of the endowment sequence, part of accepting Christ is following his example by being baptized. As one will see, this is an important concept for all three religious traditions. Jewish Similar to the Mormon tradition, Judaism held the world of Eden to be in stark contrast to the fallen, disordered world. After having been cast out of the Garden toward the east, a reconciliation process needed to take place in order for Adam and Eve to return to paradise. Adam is also believed to have been baptized as part of his reconciliation process, see Moses — The gradations of holiness established with these events carry over into the spatial configurations of the Jerusalem Temple.
It was associated with nothingness, impurities, demons, death, and sin Lev. Such is the signification of the utter separation of the scapegoat from the people of Israel…Hence it was the practise in Jerusalem…to take the scapegoat to a cliff and push him over it out of sight. In this way the complete separation was effected. In order to reverse the curse uttered at the fall, they must repent.
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Repentance signified that a person would turn! In the context of returning to the Garden of Eden, we begin to see why repentance was so important in Judaism. After Adam and Eve were expelled eastward, they turned around to look back towards their westward home in paradise. The interreligious dialogue continues as we turn to the Catholic conception of the fallen, disordered world.
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, New York: Fleming H. Revell Co. Alpha Beta diR. Akiba, BhM ; cited in Ibid. In these regards, it is similar in theological understanding to both Mormonism and Judaism, since the fallen world was a place that needed to be redeemed and reconciled from original sin. The less sacred vestibule outside of the marble partition in this chapel is located beneath murals depicting the fallen, disordered world before redemption — a familiar theme for some Mormon World room murals. The outer narthex exonarthex , more commonly known as the atrium or courtyard, was reserved for more grievous sinners and criminals.
The three scenes that follow [the temptation and expulsion scene] — all tracing the subsequent life of man on earth, through the story of Noah — are characterized by a busy brokenness, a mood of nightmare, a deliberate compositional disharmony, entirely at odds with the breadth and the sweeping simplicity that characterize the earlier scenes depicting the Creation.
In this way, the very rhythms and formal structure of the paintings of the Sistine ceiling conspire to define a mortal life — the life that follows the Fall — as disharmony, disconnection, alienation.
Richard Bingham, 9 vols. London: William Straker, , So we look to the west as a symbolic gesture, and renounce the leader of shadow and darkness.
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Paul Publications, , As we recall from the Jewish tradition, however, it is the east and not the west that is associated with the realm of sin, chaos, demons, and Azazel. Up until the fifth century, as noted earlier, there appears to be a conflict between the new Christian religious ideal for paradise in the east and the architectural configurations based on the Jewish temple that place the Holy of Holies in the western apse.
For the counter argument, see U. At the conclusion of the journey through the fallen, disordered world, a greater appreciation has been gained in light of the comparative theological dialogue between Mormon, Jewish, and Catholic traditions.
The religious interrelationships continue to be strengthened by comparisons between art, architecture, scripture, and ritual. The discussion during this episode of cosmic history includes the common story of Adam and Eve in all three religions and their posterity longing for paradise, immortality, and eternal life after the fall. Each person is seeking a way and means to be reconciled, saved, and restored from a world ruled by darkness. Having reached the midway point in the journey through cosmic history, the next two stages incrementally get closer to God.
Returning to paradise, the Messianic era is next in line. The symbolic themes associated with this period comprise peace, tranquility, earthly paradise, resurrection, prayer or confession at veils, and the return of a Messiah. The renewal of the earth can be interpreted as a return to its former paradisal condition.
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As Bruce R. Participants, an equal number of men and women dressed in temple clothing, surround an altar in a circle! There will be those who are mortal, and those who are immortal. There will be those who have been changed or quickened or transfigured or translated words fail us to describe their state , and those who have gone through a second change, in the twinkling of an eye, so as to become eternal in nature.
There will be those who are on probation, for whom earth life is a probationary estate, and who are thus working out their own salvation, and those who have already overcome the world and have entered into a fulness of eternal joy. There will be those who will yet die in the sense of being changed from their quickened state to a state of immortality, and those who, having previously died, are then living in a resurrected state.
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Tate, "Prayer Circle," in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. This page also has a color photograph of the Salt Lake Temple Terrestrial room and its veil. Berakoth 17a. In Judaism, the fallen, disordered world will be transformed into a paradisiacal state during the Messianic era. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, n5c.
Also connected with the commencement of the Messianic era and the re opening of paradise is the theme of judgment. The burning of incense at the altar and its! Part 1: The Jewish Sources," See also Jon, "The Temple and the World," Lastly, passage through the veil of the temple for both Judaism and Mormonism symbolized entering into the presence of God in the heavenly realm. As the discussion shifts to the Catholic tradition, the similarities among the religions continue to appear.
Catholic Like Mormon and Jewish temples, the Messianic paradisiacal era is present in Catholic churches. In an effort to reinforce this theme, many Gothic and Romanesque church doors and entry portals depicted Christ as the gatekeeper-guardian of paradise because of his messianic role at the Last Judgment. New York: Oxford University Press, , On certain occasions special entry rituals occur in Roman Catholic churches which reinforce the symbolism of a Messianic paradisiacal era. Louis: Herder, ; reprint, , 30, Thurston, The Holy Year of Jubilee, The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and its theological message that the gates of paradise are once again opened to humanity is commemorated during Easter rituals.
Ezekiel See also Eloise M. New York: Harcourt, , Christological symbolism, similar to the Latter-day Saint tradition, was connected directly to the veil of the early Christian church. Epiphanius, upon entering the church, was so unsettled by the discovery that he ripped it down and ordered a plain white veil to be hung in its place. Theological themes from this episode of cosmic history are interwoven deeply into the symbolism associated with the Catholic nave, Jewish Holy Place, and Mormon Terrestrial room as a renewed paradisiacal garden.