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date: 22 October 2018

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Drawing on the scriptural canon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this chapter sets out ten distinctively Mormon teachings regarding God the Father and the Trinity. These include, among others, the Latter-day Saint concept of divine embodiment, creation, temporality, passibility, and God’s relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. The chapter further analyzes the theological and philosophical advantages of several of these doctrines while also addressing some common criticisms leveled against them. The picture of God that develops is not a deity resembling the God of Plato, Aristotle, or the early Christian fathers. Instead, the Mormon God is more akin to the biblical God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and not the God of the philosophers.

Keywords: doctrine, God, God the Father, Trinity, passability, embodiment, creation, temporality

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