Sunday, October 24, 2010
I have the privilege of speaking to a large group of adult Latter-day Saints in the near future about the temple, including its symbolism and ancient roots. I'd like to help LDS people better appreciate the intellectually satisfying and spiritually delightful aspects of this important part of the restoration of ancient biblical concepts. I'm thinking of discussing how reading the works of non-LDS scholars like Mircea Eliade and Jon Levenson helped me while young and impressionable to gain a greatly strengthened respect for the Restoration and the pivotal role of the temple both anciently and now (I discuss this briefly on my Mormon Answers page about the LDS Temple and Alleged Plagiarism from Masonry). I'm thinking of summarizing some of Eliade's concepts of sacred space vs. profane space and what it means for the LDS temple in light of ancient temple paradigms. But before I move too far in any one direction while preparing, I'd appreciate your thoughts on what can help (or not help) in addressing this topic. Any favorite tidbits that have really helped you? Any favorite writings or articles? Any stories you would like to share in terms of the personal journey of coming to respect the ancient beauty of the LDS temple?
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 5:28 PM