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David RichardsJanuary 20, 2015

There's certain statements about "Mormon" cosmology here that, while popular among Latter-day Saints, seem questionable to me in the light of what we have revealed. So Section 88, for example, most definitely has an expansive vision of law and influence that encompasses the physical and spiritual. Yet it states God as the source of these and strongly suggests, against some of the views discussed here, that either physical or 'moral' laws have an existence independent of or preceding divinity. Agency too is depicted as being far more conditional in, for example, 2 Nephi 2 than as some of the discussion here suggests. I certainly think there are some severely problematic implications with the way that Alma 42, for instance, has been read (a misreading in my opinion), that postulate some independent and objective law of Justice. Such a natural law of justice would hardly require a God. But this life is unjust, and that justice is to be made up in the eternities solely due to divine action. Absent God, we see no natural law of Justice at work.

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