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Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology Paperback – April 10, 2012
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The concepts were very compelling and fascinating and brought different perspectives to core LDS teachings such as the atonement, faith, testimony, etc. Very well written and at times hard to understand but that was expected. Sometimes reading, failing to understand, and rereading is part of the game of theology.
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.