The Legacy of Henry Corbin
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Mrs. James A. Garfield told Mrs. Dickenson that Rigdon taught her father Latin and Greek.*** David Whitmer, who was so intimately acquainted with the early history of the church, testified: "Rigdon was a thorough biblical scholar, a man of fine education and a powerful orator."**** A writer, describing Rigdon while the church was at Nauvoo, said, "There is no divine in the West more learned in biblical literature and the history of the world than he."***** All this indicates that a knowledge of the earlier "Everlasting Gospel" was easily within Rigdon's reach
Latter Day Saints: A Mormon Blog, "In 1997, the Worldwide Church of God dropped both its objections to the doctrine of the Trinity and certain Pelagian tendencies and was accepted as a member of the National Association of Evangelicals.As Latter-day Saints we believe as all Christians do in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost (Articles of Faith 1). We believe that they are one in purpose and mission and that they are three separate divine beings.
This is the James A Garfield who came to Tennessee and pledged with Churches of Christ NOT to engage in the war: he went back to Bethany and collected his troups.
John Mark Hicks on Alexander Campbell
"Many Latter-day Saint Philosophers consider trinity to be a description of the relationship among the members of the Godhead.
"Initially, the social analogy might appear to be no better off than the egg analogy. No member of a family is itself a family; thus, we seem to be faced again with the suggestion that no member of the Trinity is God.
Though there are three distinct portions of the egg (the shell, the yolk and the egg white), the unity of God seems to be lost as each portion of the egg is something entirely different in composition, form, function, etc.
"B) Towards a Uniform Definition
John Hicks describes the revival of social trinitarianism as one of the most significant developments in contemporary theology. Along with this revival has come a certain amount of confusion concerning what exactly qualifies as a social model of the trinity.
In his lucid treatment of the issue, Cornelius Plantinga sets out the three conditions necessary for a theory to qualify as social and they bear repeating:
(1) The theory must have Father, Son, and Spirit as distinct centers of knowledge, will, love, and action. Since each of these capacities requires consciousness, it follows that, on this sort of theory, Father, Son, and Spirit would be viewed as distinct centers of consciousness or, in short, as persons in some full sense of that term.
"About the commencement of this [the thirteenth] century there were handed about in Italy several pretended prophecies of the famous Joachim, abbot of Sora in Calabria, whom the multitude revered as a person divinely inspired, and equal to the most illustrious prophets of ancient times. The greatest part of these predictions were contained in a certain book entitled, 'The Everlasting Gospel,' and which was also commonly called the Book of Joachim. This Joachim, whether a real or fictitious person we shall not pretend to determine, among many other future events, foretold the destruction of the Church of Rome, whose corruptions he censured with the greatest severity, and the promulgation of a new and more perfect gospel in the age of the Holy Ghost, by a set of poor and austere ministers, whom God was to raise up and employ for that purpose."
What animates the doctrine of the Eternal Gospel of Joachim de Flore (1145-1202), the celebrated founder of the Ordo florensis, is the idea of a development of humanity that is the continuous work of the Holy Spirit and the final end of which will be the reign of the Paraclete announced in the Gospel of John. The state of man at the end of this process realizes the perfect liberty of the Spirit which results from the love awakened by the Holy Spirit in the heart of man The development of the history of salvation by no means consists in the development of a principle immanent in history, progressing in a linear way according to laws that today we call historical causality. Far from that, the history of salvation is only realized by the active and continuous intervention of the Holy Spirit, a creative intervention that each time breaks anew the course imposed on things by the carnal will and worldly ambition."
Of Course, the Paraclete is named Jesus Christ the Righteous and He NOW reigns.
However, it is noted:
"The three Ages of which Joachim de Flore speaks [of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit] are not successive periods of historical time(and Berdiaev observes this in a profound remark...) ... the three Ages represent unities of existential time, interior time The succession of these Ages plays itself out in the interior of souls, in the mystery of each soul In historical time in fact these Ages coexist."
Spiritual Formation ignores Scripture which tells how Christ is formed in us and seeks to find that Mormon-Like Spiritual Live.