In this last episode with Dr. Bill Smith, we’ll cover the other issues from his book on section 132. We’ll talk about the evolution of doctrine about how spirits are created.
Bill: There’s another issue we didn’t talk about and that’s the protological impact. When I say protological, I mean the theology of the beginnings. Where did everything start, king of thing? Revelation impacts that, not directly. It doesn’t talk about that. But the way people interpreted that or developed the surrounding superstructure of thought around it, that’s a very important issue.
Because Joseph lays out a protology in Nauvoo. He is really talking about the nature of the soul. The soul doesn’t begin anywhere. It’s always been around. This sort of conflicts with the idea that develops out of the revelation that souls are spirit babies that are born in heaven through heavenly sex. This is a really important issue that surrounds the revelation. How do we reconcile these two theological protologies that develop out of Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo teaching and then out of the subsequent teaching of the revelation about polygamy and all of this?
Check out our conversation…..
If you missed any of our previous episodes with Bill, please check them out!
142: Breaking Sealings: Who Has the Power? (Smith)
140: Is Polygamy a Ticket to Heaven? (Smith)
139: Was Oliver Cowdery a Polygamist? (Smith)
138: Emma’s Up & Down Relationship with Polygamy (Smith)
137: LDS Literacy of Biblical Polygamy (Smith)