First Principles and Ordinances

First Principles and Ordinances

The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple

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"In this rich, thoughtful and sensitive treatment of the Fourth Article of Faith, Brown explores and elucidates ‘shared faith’ as a ‘glorious exercise of agency’ in the face of life's vicissitudes. A must-read—particularly for those seeking a provocative and trenchant reexamination of the first four (and subsequent) principles of the Mormon faith."

Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

"Samuel Brown is a scientist, culturally literate, and a devout Latter-day Saint. He is, moreover, reflective, articulate, and, as he confesses, by nature unruly. What do faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost mean to such a person? He tells us in this wise and sensitive book."

Richard L. Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

"By describing faith as ‘a kind of active commitment and belonging,’ Samuel Brown provides a refreshing and timely way of thinking about what it means to be a Latter-day Saint. In particular, his discussion of the role of LDS temple worship in cementing divine and mortal bonds is sensitive and startlingly insightful."

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, University of Auckland, associate editor of the Mormon Studies Review

"Hyrum Smith the Patriarch counseled the Saints to ponder and study, again and again, the First principles of the gospel. He assured us that as we do so, deeper insights and meaningful applications would follow. Samuel Brown’s excellent book confirms Hyrum’s charge. The combination of Brown’s discipline, depth, and devotion result in a study that is at once both intellectually stimulating and spiritually inspiring. One thing is for sure: After reading this work, a Latter-day Saint will never see the fourth article of faith in the same way."

Robert L. Millet, Professor of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

Publication Information

Publication Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2880-1

Page Count: 176

Size: 5x8"

Binding: Paperback, ePub

Price: $16.95

Series: Living Faith

Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Samuel M. Brown

Samuel M. Brown is Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah and an intensive care physician in the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center. His award-winning book In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is also translator of Aleksandr Men’s Son of Man: The Story of Christ and Christianity (Oakwood Publications, 1998). 

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