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Responding to complaints about the Mormon view of deity, Elder B. H. Roberts published an address which came to the attention of Reverend Cyril Van der Donckt, who in turn wrote a critique of Roberts's essay. This, with a rejoinder by Roberts, was published in 1903 under the title The Mormon Doctrine of Deity (arguably Roberts's finest apologetic work). These well-reasoned Responding to complaints about the Mormon view of deity, Elder B. H. Roberts published an address which came to the attention of Reverend Cyril Van der Donckt, who in turn wrote a critique of Roberts's essay. This, with a rejoinder by Roberts, was published in 1903 under the title The Mormon Doctrine of Deity (arguably Roberts's finest apologetic work). These well-reasoned essays are well worthy of, and still invite, our scrutiny and response.


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Responding to complaints about the Mormon view of deity, Elder B. H. Roberts published an address which came to the attention of Reverend Cyril Van der Donckt, who in turn wrote a critique of Roberts's essay. This, with a rejoinder by Roberts, was published in 1903 under the title The Mormon Doctrine of Deity (arguably Roberts's finest apologetic work). These well-reasoned Responding to complaints about the Mormon view of deity, Elder B. H. Roberts published an address which came to the attention of Reverend Cyril Van der Donckt, who in turn wrote a critique of Roberts's essay. This, with a rejoinder by Roberts, was published in 1903 under the title The Mormon Doctrine of Deity (arguably Roberts's finest apologetic work). These well-reasoned essays are well worthy of, and still invite, our scrutiny and response.

30 review for The Mormon Doctrine of Deity: The Roberts-Van Der Donckt Discussion (Signature Mormon Classics, No 3.)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    A really excellent statement and defense of the Mormon doctrine of deity. I've just finished a first pass of a Project Gutenberg text of this book (it's in the public domain), so if anyone wants to help with proofreading, or just read it, I've got a free copy for them. The first three chapters (a bit over half of the book) consist of an article by B. H. Roberts on the topic, a rebuttal by a Catholic reverend, and an extensive response by Roberts. These chapters show very clearly the distinction b A really excellent statement and defense of the Mormon doctrine of deity. I've just finished a first pass of a Project Gutenberg text of this book (it's in the public domain), so if anyone wants to help with proofreading, or just read it, I've got a free copy for them. The first three chapters (a bit over half of the book) consist of an article by B. H. Roberts on the topic, a rebuttal by a Catholic reverend, and an extensive response by Roberts. These chapters show very clearly the distinction between the Mormon view and the doctrine of most other denominations. Roberts' enthusiasm about the Mormon view is contagious. The later chapters include a number of works on the same topic, including a couple of discourses of Joseph Smith and work by Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, and Joseph F. Smith. These serve to support Roberts' doctrinal position (demonstrating that the same doctrine has been preached continuously throughout church history) and contain some interesting tidbits.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I highly recommend this book. The foreword was written by my absolute favorite philosopher at BYU, Dr. David L. Paulsen. During his lifetime, B. H. Roberts, the author, was affectionately known as "defender of the faith"- I often think of Susan Easton Black as the current "defender of the faith", though in truth, I don't know of anyone who can quite measure up to Roberts. As a member of the Seventy, I think we are safe in counting this book as fascinating, and containing in-depth doctrine (keep I highly recommend this book. The foreword was written by my absolute favorite philosopher at BYU, Dr. David L. Paulsen. During his lifetime, B. H. Roberts, the author, was affectionately known as "defender of the faith"- I often think of Susan Easton Black as the current "defender of the faith", though in truth, I don't know of anyone who can quite measure up to Roberts. As a member of the Seventy, I think we are safe in counting this book as fascinating, and containing in-depth doctrine (keep in mind that it is a "discussion" between Roberts and Van der Donckt, who attempts to prove false LDS doctrine. Roberts' responses are fluently skillful, non-aggressive yet powerful, and extremely informative; they dissemble Van der Donckt's proof texts with effortless wisdom and truth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Outstanding discussion of the nature of God. B.H. Roberts wrote an article for the Church's Improvement Era magazine. The Reverend C. Van Der Donckt, of Pocatello, Idaho, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church wrote a reply, which the editors of the Improvement Era published. Then Brother Roberts wrote a final rebuttal. This was interesting to me to see that the Mormon doctrine of God stands up quite well to philosophical inspection. (For me, it triumphs.) Philosophical discussions usually make m Outstanding discussion of the nature of God. B.H. Roberts wrote an article for the Church's Improvement Era magazine. The Reverend C. Van Der Donckt, of Pocatello, Idaho, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church wrote a reply, which the editors of the Improvement Era published. Then Brother Roberts wrote a final rebuttal. This was interesting to me to see that the Mormon doctrine of God stands up quite well to philosophical inspection. (For me, it triumphs.) Philosophical discussions usually make my head spin; this was quite readable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Loved this book! Roberts is now one of my favorite authors. He is clear, concise, and to the point. I love the way he writes! A few of the articles by various early Church leaders that were included in the back of the book were quite good as well. It was rather difficult to read the Van der Donct portion of the book, because he didn't know very much about our doctrine. It was still interesting. On the whole, quite a good book! Loved this book! Roberts is now one of my favorite authors. He is clear, concise, and to the point. I love the way he writes! A few of the articles by various early Church leaders that were included in the back of the book were quite good as well. It was rather difficult to read the Van der Donct portion of the book, because he didn't know very much about our doctrine. It was still interesting. On the whole, quite a good book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Spencer

    B. H. Roberts clearly defends the doctrine of Deity and explains the nature of God. It was interesting to see the other view of the Godhead.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather Haycock

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    A relatively comprehensive examination of LDS beliefs relative to the Godhead and its distances from the trinity creeds and beliefs of Catholic and many Protestant sects.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bret

  10. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jake Hawken

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Tuttle

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daren

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ben Echols

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chad

  17. 5 out of 5

    Randy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bradford Nelson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Hurtado

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Davenport

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Cranney

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Boone

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Shaw

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lola

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brandon DSG

  29. 4 out of 5

    HL

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jared Watts

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