Great article. I bought Elder Oaks book and will read it soon. Your book, Keith,
is also a great read. Inspiring, interesting, and valuable doctrinal insights.
I remember Keith from our days in the San Francisco Stake. I don't expect him to
remember me, but I appreciate this as I do Marcus Martins article from BYU
Studies of a few years ago. Thank you, Keith
I didn't know Shaquille O'neal knew how to write.
I have not read the words of Elder Oaks regarding "assigning reasons"
to revelations. So, it is possible I don't understand the issue fully.However, to me, there is a difference in "assigning reasons" versus
"exploring ideas" so to speak. D&C 97:14 says: "That they may
be perfected in the understanding of their ministry, in theory, in principle,
and in doctrine, in all things pertaining to the kingdom of God on the
earth..."Notice the words "in theory", which to me
gives us "permission", so to speak, to wonder and explore about these
things without getting too specific or "assigning reasons". If
somebody says "the blacks were denied the Priesthood because of ..."
vs somebody who says "the blacks were denied the Priesthood might have
something to do with...". The second statement explores "in
theory" and the first assigns a reason. No we shouldn't assign
reason, but I don't think it means we should "cut off" understanding,
if it can be obtained. I see the difference clearly, and I hope I make my point
Keith, you continue to inspire. I just need you to do inspire us more. I
suspect I speak for many who want to hear more from Special K.