Blake T. Ostler gave to me the third volume in his Exploring Mormon Thought series a while ago. The book has almost 450 entries in its bibliography. I don’t know where Blake has the time to research all this. Seriously, how many hours per day does this lawyer allot to theological reading? This is incredible. Does he have a research assistant like many evangelical professors do?
I am highly interested in what kind of schedule Blake maintains for fulfilling the writing of his scholarly LDS works.
I have read up to page 221 in Of God and Gods.
I knew it. I knew sometime down the road this would be brought up as an analogy for LDS Social Trinitarianism.
When it is asserted that “the Father is God” and “the Son is God,” but “the Son is not the Father,” these assertions can be logically consistent given the assumptions of social Trinitarianism. It is like asserting that “Dieter Uchtdorf is a member of the First Presidency,” “Thomas Monson is a member of the First Presidency,” but “Dieter Uchtdorf is not Thomas Monson.” There are three in the First Presidency but only one First Presidency. Moreover, if we assume that everything that is done by any member of the First Presidency must be by unanimous agreement and that whatever information is shared with one member is shared with all three, then we begin to get a close analogy to how identity statements function in ST propositions.” (pp. 220 – 221).