• A Latter-Day Saint approach to addiction: Aetiology, consequences and treatment in a theological context

      Holt, James D.; University of Chester (MDPI, 2014-12-24)
      This article explores the theological underpinning of the nature, aetiology and treatment of addictions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first section outlines the “plan of salvation” and how this provides the theological framework for the source and solution to addictions. The final section explores addiction against this background in terms of its aetiology, types, consequences and treatment in a Latter-day Saint context. In so doing it builds on the recognition by the Church in recent years that addiction is a problem in the lives of some of its members and that treatment programs coherent with its teachings and beliefs are necessary. The article concludes by suggesting that while addiction may be more openly discussed within a Latter-day Saint context there is a need to keep this dialogue moving forward. This article does not examine Latter-day Saint teaching within the wider context of psychotherapy and other definitions of addiction; rather it explores the place of addiction as understood within the theological and ecclesiological context of Mormonism.
    • A Latter-day Saint reading of Tolkien

      Holt, James D.; University of Chester (Luna Press, 2016-06-09)
      This chapter explores the religious themes evident in some of Tolkien’s writings, most notably The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. The author will utilise existing scholarship on Tolkien’s religious views and the imagery already explored in light of his Roman Catholicism. What will be distinct, however, is that the author will reflect on how they relate to, and can deepen their understanding of, Latter-day Saint beliefs. Tenuous links will not be made - the author will address issues as they seem justified. The paper will begin with an exploration of Tolkien’s motivations for writing, and also his religious beliefs. The two intertwine nicely, and provide a justification, if one is necessary, for the use of his work in a religious context. This does not suggest that The Lord of the Rings can be used devotionally, rather that it can point towards greater truth. The remainder of the paper will explore themes from Tolkien’s writings in the Latter-day Saint context explained earlier.
    • Alma and Abinadi: The Worth of Souls

      Holt, James D.; University of Chester (Greg Kofford, 2016-08-02)
      Our scripture study and reading often assume that the prophetic figures within the texts are in complete agreement with each other. Because of this we can fail to recognize that those authors and personalities frequently have different-and sometimes competing-views on some of the most important doctrines of the Gospel, including the nature of God, the roles of scripture and prophecy, and the Atonement. In this unique volume, fictionalized dialogues between the various voices of scripture illustrate how these differences and disagreements are not flaws of the texts but are rather essential features of the canon. These creative dialogues include Abraham and Job debating the utility of suffering and our submission to God, Alma and Abinidi disagreeing on the place of justice in the Atonement, and the authors Mark and Luke discussing the role of women in Jesus's ministry. It is by examining and embracing the different perspectives within the canon that readers are able to discover just how rich and invigorating the scriptures can be. The dialogues within this volume show how just as "iron sharpeneth iron," so can we sharpen our own thoughts and beliefs as we engage not just the various voices in the scriptures but also the various voices within our community (Proverbs 27:17).
    • Interfaith Dialogue: A Way Forward in Setting Ground Rules

      Holt, James D.; University of Chester (2012)
      This article examines briefly the various polemic and polite exchanges between Evangelicals and Latter-day Saints. It suggests that these exchanges are asking the wrong questions, and beginning from an incorrect basis. Within Latter-day Saint circles the questions has tended to be how: “How do other faiths relate to use?”, where actually, understanding how they view other faiths will enable Latter-day Saints to frame their questions and responses better. The article concludes with a suggestion for ground rules to enable the burgeoning dialogue to move forward at a pace.
    • Is Ender a Mormon?

      Holt, James D.; University of Chester (Open Court, 2013-09-17)
      A discussion of the place of religion in the Ender's Saga by Orson Scott Card
    • The Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Holt, James D. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2016)
      A devotional work used as a compilation of the teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley