Thinking Otherwise

Theological Explorations of Joseph Smith's Revelations

Author James E. Faulconer understands the challenges of reading scripture in the twenty-first century. He invites Latter-day Saints to approach Restoration scriptures in new ways, seeking a more direct experience with the loving God who revealed them. Part philosophy, part theology, part history, and part testimony, Faulconer’s Thinking Otherwise invites us to reconsider our beliefs in light of traditional theology and Western philosophy.

“Faulconer's remarkably accessible book is essential reading for anyone who wants to think more carefully about the theological underpinnings of the Latter-day Saint tradition.”

Adam S. Miller

“Though there were many, many insights and principles Faulconer shares in this book, ultimately the most important thing I took was a renewed desire to carefully study my scriptures.”

“Jim Faulconer is a fantastic thinker and writer, and this is him at his best.”

About the Author

James E. Faulconer

James E. Faulconer is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University and a senior research fellow at the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Faulconer’s area of expertise is twentieth-century and contemporary European philosophy, especially the philosophy of religion. In addition to writing scholarly books and articles, he is the author of the Made Harder series of scripture study questions and Scripture Study: Tools and Suggestions.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The One and the Many
  • Doing Theology Before and After Nietzsche: We Have No Need to Fear Multiplicity
  • A Few Doctrinal Claims: The Many Without Anarchy
  • An Alternative (to) Theology: The Privilege of Scripture Study
  • Doing Performative Theology
  • A Gentle Rebuke and a Powerful Promise: Doctrine and Covenants 121
  • Exergue
  • Appendix: Recommendations for Further Reading
  • Index
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Publication Information

  • Publication Month: December
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-9503-0400-4
  • Page Count: 177
  • Binding: Paperback, eBook
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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