Thank you for the wonderful insights.
I am honored to be your cousin.
Thank you for your thoughtful insights - especially your observation about the temple ceremony. My husband and I once stood in a Hindu temple in New Delhi. In one room there were mirrors on oppostie walls. Our guide explained that the almost infinite reflection which they produced, was to remind us of our eternal nature. Sound familiar?
Thank-you for sharing this. All truth, wherever it is found, is part of the gospel.
There is a lot to ponder in this article. Thanks for making me think.
I was thrilled to read your views embracing truth from all nations.
Yes we don.t have a monopoly on truth. Alma's quote is true!
I lds and live in austeLia. I am from NZ, in our cultural background there were many chiefs prophesying which church for the Maori people and many were waiting for the true church to come to NZ. In spite of the many churches inNZ in the mid 1800s. I come from one of those chiefs that told the people to get out of those existing churches, wait for the one revealed from the Heavens.
I have found that some lds are very closed to hear this type of knowledge. They seem uncertain of what to believe. It is not embracing the very thing they quote, that we are all heavenly fathers children. Nor does it show confidence in alma.s quote.
a tribal elder here in Australia tells me that Jesus came to their people. He did the same miracles we know of. They know the sacred sites. Yet when I mentioned this to a couple of lds trusted friends, it was if they stonewalled me and the knowledge...strange response. Thanks again. How do we get my copy of your DVD? If any?
I have bought the Teaching Company's course mentioned in the article. It is excellent. I have bought a lot of the other courses, and they are all very good, but this one is my favorite!! Grant Hardy is very respectful to the other religions and I have learned a lot. I have long wished for a course to be made about the Book of Mormon, so it was exciting to have a least a lecture about it, and I hope that someday there will be a whole Teaching Company course on.
This is a superb article, one every Latter-day Saint should read. A comment, though: When M
I wrote and taught a similar course, The Gospel and World Religions.
My comment on such courses is:
'Commonalities Unite; differences polarise!' my own experience is that there was a definite need for such courses. When we understand what others believe i) we can understand what precious knowledge we have; ii) insight into other belief system, thereby not making any faux pas - like giving a Hindu a beef sandwich, or offering a Muslim pea soup with ham!
Son of Nun.
I couldn't agree more! God has worked his wonders through all time with all peoples! It would be arrogant presumption to think WE were the only ones. I will look up your writings!
Thank you for this reminder. Accepting truth wherever found, with listening and learning are all part of the commandment to love others as ourselves.
Yea and hooray, grant hardy!!!! You are so right. Your approach, attitude and scholarship of integrity is just one more reason why i rejoice to be in the company of Latter-day Saints. Amen, and amen, brother. Teach me more.
I completely agree there is so much to learn from other's spiritual beliefs. Wisdom and truth are given to all people, because our Father in Heaven is the God of all people. He wishes to be known by all his children. To humbly seek wisdom and understanding out of the best books blesses us by stretching our souls, teaching us love for our brothers and sisters, and more about the eternal nature and love of our God.
Wonderful article. I too love the study of the sacred texts given to our fellow Brothers and Sisters of the world. I have also found that the prayerful study of these sacred writings has strengthened and fortified my own personal testimony of the deep and abiding love our Heavenly Father has for all of His precious children. Thank you for being willing to undertake this important work. I look forward to reading your lecture series!
Well written Dr. Hardy. The LDS culture is very insular and we need more reminders like this. I always loved the words of Hugh Nibley: "Long experience has shown that the Latter-day Saints only become aware of the nature and genius of their modern scriptures when relentless and obstreperous criticism from the outside forces them to take a closer look at what they have, with the usual result of putting those scriptures in a much stronger position than they were before." (An Approach to the Book of Abraham, p. 40).
I believe this is why many RMs come home from the mission and wander off in strange paths. They forget the strength of what they have. What you have done is allowed yourself (commissioned yourself) to do just this - see what is on the outside and then realize the strength of what is within. Like Gordon B. Hinckley said: "Bring with you all that you have of good and truth which you have received from whatever source, and come and let us see if we may add to it." (Ensign, November 2002, page 78). I think that implies that there is truth and good in many other sources. And we should seek it out and add to what we have.
I believe too many LDS fear that they would lose their testimony if they engage in such exercises, but I believe (with you and brother Nibley) that these exercises only strengthen our faith and help solidify the position we are in.
Thank you Prof Hardy, for an intelligent and accessible view on why we should open our hearts and respect other faiths by at least an acquaintance with their sacred texts!
Awesome! I have had the pleasure of studying about different religious traditions, including the Sikhs, Islam, the Baha'is, the Eastern Orthodox, and others. I try to look for those things that are "virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy," and I nearly always manage to find them. I have had the opportunity to present some fireside-type discussions for local Baha'i communities about the similarities between their faith and ours.
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