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One complaint I have, topically, is the concept of the corporeality of God mentioned here-in. I'm pretty sure it(Biblically) says somewhere "God is a spirit and must be worshipped in spirit." I have yet to find this, but believe it is a fairly well-known verse.
Another I have is the Mormon(I suppose) concept of Jesus being elevated to a near replacement-God in heaven. Did our immortal God retire(?)! Jesus could be a(albeit mature)young man working with His father in Heaven, but this part sounds like a bit much to me. He could certainly be as Joseph to Pharaoh, but can a Man(who is in the Lord's image) have a son who is a grown robust man himself and still be a father,idol-to-be-emulated to him(I suppose he(son)could still admire and wonder at him)? Has God gone from the Old Testiment protector and Mighty One of Israel to a tough WW11 vet who is cruising around on His harley somewhere? Possibly I suppose, but if so it would certainly be of His own choice as opposed to being subject to time, aging, like we discussing this are--of course, as to God, His ways are not our ways, and He can do as He wishes I'm sure.
He ascribes the change to the increasing influence over the years of Greek philosophy in the church. He explains the development of Greek philosophy and argues that the philosophic defense of Christianity was taken by many of the Apologists and Church Fathers to reduce the persecution of the church by the Roman empire. He explains in detail the reasons why the Roman emperors had trouble with the new religion, Christianity, which did not fit well with either the old pagan system, nor Plato's Monist view that the world we see is illusory, and not real in the same sense God is real, nor yet Aristotle's dualistic system. The net effect of the changes wrought by the well-intentioned Apologists was to lead the interpretation of the scriptures away from a literal/symbolic interpretation of the scriptures to a metaphysical interpretation never intended by the Hebrew writers of the Old and New Testaments. He attempts to show the meaning the Hebrew writers would have given to passages commonly interpreted in a metaphysical way.
The author includes many citations to early and later Apologists, or defenders of the faith, which tends to make the book rather like a college textbook. The author has incorporated a second theme: using the foregoing discussion as a defense of the LDS faith (Mormon), contending that the LDS faith has followed the original intent of the original writers, unlike modern Christianity.
While some readers may not agree with the later chapters regarding the LDS church, the earlier chapters are well worth the effort, providing extensive background in the early Christian church and Greek philosophic history.