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  1. Actually, all three of those books are in one volume. So I guess that leaves room for a nice LDS triple combination…

    And maybe Blake Ostler’s book, since everyone keeps mentioning it… After all, you keep talking about how you need to “get around” to reading it.

    What better opportunity than a desert island?

  2. Well, yes, of course, they’re all in one volume (along with the rest of the full, Traditional canon, not the truncated Protestant/Jewish one).

    So that leaves room for others, such as one of several convenient editions of the Apostolic Fathers such as Penguin’s “Early Christian Writings” as well “Against Heresies” by St. Ireneus of Lyons (who was a disciple of St. Polycarp of Smyrna, who himself sat at the feet of the Apostle John).

    A liturgical book, you ask? Well, as it turns out, memory would serve very well in that area (assuming that bread, and especially wine, were available).

  3. YD, if you and I were stranded on the same island, I would hope that you have your Greek and Hebrew texts.

    Now that would be quite a reality t.v. show.

  4. Seth R., make it a quad and then there could be real discussion (the “quad” contains all of the LDS standard works which, as you know, include the Bible (KJV), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price).

    So that would be counted as one book (which includes the three that Todd mentioned and the triple combination that you mentioned) under this rubric.

    Not sure if Blake Ostler’s book should be included in a situation like this though (nothing against Blake but in such an extreme situation something else might be called for, but not sure what exactly).

    The Penguin volume of the Apostolic Fathers that Greg mentioned is an excellent suggestion. Latter-day Saints, in my experience, usually absolutely love the stuff.

    The third book can easily be something relevant only to a Fundamentalist Baptist seeing as how the Book of Mormon is included with the Bible in the quad. So open to suggestions there.

  5. Mentioning Ostler was a bit of an inside joke. Half the Mormons who comment here have, at one time or another, endorsed the book, and everyone keeps asking Todd if he’s read it. It’s kind of a running theme on this blog.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  6. But seriously, after a while, wouldn’t we need a break from theology? Maybe a book of old Far Side cartoons betwixt Genesis and John

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