A new article has just appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship under the title of “Compassion as the Heart of the Gospel.” It was written by perhaps the least qualified person on the planet even to so much as utter the word compassion:
Abstract: The Greek philosopher Aristotle, clearly one of the world’s great geniuses, created the concept of the “unmoved mover,” which moves “other things, but is, itself, unmoved by anything else.” This label became the standard Jewish, Christian, and Muslim description of an impersonal God — a God without body, parts or passions — a concept that has, for nearly 20 centuries, dominated western theology, philosophy, and science. The problem for thinkers in these religious traditions is that the God depicted in the Bible and the Qur’an is plainly personal. A careful review of the Bible and modern scripture reveals a “compassionate, feeling” God. Numerous scriptures confirm that God, in fact, “feels more deeply than we can even begin to imagine.”
The most recent column in the bi-weekly series of articles that William J. Hamblin and Daniel C. Peterson write for the Deseret News has appeared:
Isolated though it is geographically, Iceland hasn’t escaped the religious changes that have swept Europe over the centuries. But it has preserved their traces unusually well.
A distantly related footnote on the subject of Icelandic religious history might be of interest here: In 1960, Iceland’s only Nobel laureate, Halldor Laxness (1902-1998) — he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955 — published a novel under the title of Paradísarheimt (Paradise Reclaimed), which is focused directly on the Latter-day Saints. It probably reflects his then-recent visit to Salt Lake City and Utah. For a bit of background regarding the novel, see Fred E. Woods, “Halldor Laxness and the Latter-day Saints: The Story behind the Novel Paradisarheimt,” BYU Studies 49/3.
Also of potential interest, from Jeff Lindsay: