I’ve been grateful to see how assiduously many of us resist the temptation to countenance the morally bankrupt pseudo-Christian folklore of racial distinction. As I wandered through a publication from a recent BYU/CES symposium, though, I was struck by a section heading: “Foreordained Roles, A Reward for Premortal Diligence.” The essay, a presentation on the doctrine of human preexistence, nowhere provides any evidence for the claim of the second clause in its analysis of the premortal calling of particular prophetic figures. The line just hangs there like an awkward odor at a dinner table. Should we protest that connection back to hurtful folklore? Or is it someone merely seeking language for the notion of prophetic foreordination? Does prophetic foreordination entail the reverse, premortal curses, or are curses other than blessings withheld? How does such a doctrine square with what I have understood to be our belief that we are all created with equal chance of being exalted and equal love from God at our inception?
The Tenacity of Premortal Folklore
October 6, 2007 by