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Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology Paperback – April 10, 2012
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That said, a certain unevenness in the book should be noted. The essays comprising the book were produced over a decade, and there is a tangible difference in tone, approach, and commitments between earlier (chapters 3 and 7-12) and later (chapters 1-2, 4-6, and 13-14) essays. There are even, at times, outright contradiction (compare the claim that "novelty is a red herring" repeated several times in "Groundhog Day," chapter 13, with the claim that "without the new, the being of everything is nothing" in "Humanism, Mormonism," chapter 11). The development of Miller's thought is thus on display in certain important ways. Whether earlier and later essays can be reconciled in some way--apart from their obviously unifying emphasis on charity--is not something Miller himself addresses.
Miller's writing is painfully beautiful, so sharp it almost hurts, and unflinching in its insistence on humility.
In response to some of the critical reviews, I would say the book is more in the tradition of continental philosophy, which may render it a bit opaque, but in terms of contemporary theological writings it is well written and clear. More in the vein a theopoetical work than analytical theology. Miller weaves together strains of thought from many sources and dialogues well with current theological and philosophical currents.
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Great book with good insights. An approach to theology of living. Actually captures the spirit of religion. Not an overly analytical recitation of scripture.Published 6 months ago by L. N. Harris
I consider myself a believing practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I found the book enjoyable to read and it opened my eyes to possibilities.Published 19 months ago by Steve g.
This is an entertaining and thought provoking book. Though the focus is on Mormon theology, people of all faiths will find his essays and commentary interesting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rick D. Roskelley
Theology and Speculation are a little too rare in the Mormon religion presently. This book was a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Matt & Erin K.
Every essay is a treat in this book! I find myself thinking about the ideas and talking them over with friends and stopping to process them. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by CJ Black
This book almost single-handedly catapults Mormon theology onto the world stage. Not an introduction to Mormon theological topics by any means, the book instead is a collection of... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Jacob