Postponing Heaven

Postponing Heaven

The Three Nephites, the Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi

November | 2015

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"Jad Hatem has a detailed knowledge of Mormon doctrine—from the Book of Mormon to the Pearl of Great Price to Bruce R. McConkie and Orson Scott Card. Beyond this, he brings in-depth knowledge of Islam and Buddhism. Remarkable. Postponing Heaven’s purpose is not to be motivational or even to necessarily promote belief in any of these teachings, which is not to say those who see the connections won’t be inspired by what they learn. This is definitely a high-octane read."

Charles Inouye, professor of Japanese literature and visual culture, specialist in comparative religion, Tufts University

Reviews: excellent example of how religious 'outsiders' can be influenced by the message and themes of the Book of Mormon. Hatem gives Mormon theology, history, and literature very serious consideration and demonstrates its richness by comparing it to Islamic and Buddhist traditions. This valuable book demonstrates the importance of comparative religious studies. Hatem, a non-Mormon, has made an important theological and ethical contribution to the field which any student of Mormonism will find both interesting and insightful.

Seth Payne , Worlds Without End blog, November 23, 2015


"[This] book is rich in implications on the significance of human messianicity across religious traditions."

—Spencer L. Green, BYU Studies Quarterly, January 25, 2018

Publication Information

Publication Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2867-2

Page Count: 100

Size: 6 x 9”

Binding: Paperback, ePub

Price: $15.95

Series: Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture

Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Jad Hatem

  Jad Hatem is a professor of philosophy, literature, and religion at St Joseph’s University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he has taught since 1976. He has served as the chair of the philosophy department at the university, as also the director of the Centre d’études Michel Henry. He is the author of dozens of books. Among his most recent publications are Qui est la vérité? (Hermann, 2012), L’Amour comme puissance et comme vérité (Éditions du Cygne, 2012), and Un bruit d’avoir été. Sur Qohélet (Orizons, 2014).

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Jonathon Penny

Jonathon Penny (Ph.D., University of Ottawa) is a published poet and scholar of letters whose work examines the intersection of theology and literature. He has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East.

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