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date: 23 January 2022

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This chapter explores the distinctive meanings and values Mormons assign to “intellect,” “spirit,” “revelation,” and cognate terms. Mormon theology exalts intelligence. Mormon experience asserts the phenomenon of revelation, available through spiritual means. These premises contradict one another in the eyes of some, including the cultured despisers of religion as a whole. For these, the notion of a “Mormon intellectual” is futile: oxymoronic. Among Latter-day Saints, the twin premises have produced mottled perspectives on the relation between the life of the mind and the realm of the spirit: sometimes viewed as clashing, sometimes as coherent and synergetic, helping Mormons to receive faith, forge meaning, and confront the secularizing and anthropocentric acids of modernity.

Keywords: certainty, doubt, faith, inspiration, intelligence, mind, revelation, spirit, spirituality

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