Theological Method and the Question of Truth : A Postliberal Approach to Mormon Doctrine and Practice
Discourses in Mormon Theology : Philosophical and Theological Possibilities
Salt Lake City, UT
Greg Kofford Books
The use of postmodernism in LDS intellectual life has been utilized primarily in the service of apologetic endeavors in the context of debates regarding scriptural exegesis, historiography, theological method, and the historicity of scripture. There is much value in these critiques of modernism and this paper is an attempt to argue in favor of an approach to theology that shares many of these insights. I will begin by offering a sketch of this position as a response to alternative approaches within contemporary mainstream Christian theology. Second, I will address some implications of this method for LDS scholarship by examining specific works in the areas of scriptural exegesis and historiography. An important aim of this paper is to show how postliberal theology has both apologetic and critical implications that have not been adequately explored in the Mormon courtship of postmodern thought.