Available for pre-order: Postponing Heaven, by Jad Hatem
“Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.” —Doctrine & Convents 7:2Christianity, like other world religions, acknowledges the existence of multiple human messianic figures. In this comparative work, philosopher Jad Hatem examines the Book of Mormon’s Three Nephites, Buddhism’s Bodhisattva, and Islam’s Mahdi—all distinctive messianic figures who postpone Heaven, sacrificially prolonging their lives for the benefit of humankind. Jonathon Penny’s translation of the French original includes two additional papers in which Jad Hatem deals with various aspects of Latter-day Saint belief. It also includes an interview between Hatem and Latter-day Saint philosopher James E. Faulconer. Postponing Heaven: The Three Nephites, the Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi is the first book in the Maxwell Institute’s new series, Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture (more information to come).
Advance Praise“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