Monday Morning Theological Poll: Celestial Conveyance Edition

In theory, if we could do interstellar travel, could we hie to Kolob?

Justify your answer below.


  1. Metaphor.
    I’m curious whether the extreme unlikelihood of the predicate (interstellar travel) enters into the equation for anybody else?

  2. The book of Abraham does not say God loves on Kolob (at least not that I’m aware of.) Rather it says Kolob is the star closest to the throne of God. In Abraham, God lives on a throne, not a star or planet.

  3. pardon the typo. Loves should be lives. My comments are generally filled with typos. Commenting via my phone will not help!

  4. Lots of science fiction still places a limit on the shielding of the interstellar traveling ships. Due to the shielding problem you wouldn’t be able to properly shield against Kolob’s glory once a certain proximity has been reached.

  5. Metaphor. The point of the hymn is not to hie to Kolob:

    “If you could hie to Kolob
    In the twinkling of an eye,
    And then continue onward
    With that same speed to fly…”

    Instead, a hypothetical dramatizing the concept of infinite space, generations, etc.
    For me the unlikelihood of interstellar travel doesn’t have a lot to do with it; the whole unlikely concept of thinking like God and comprehending the scope of space and the universe in this life is enough.

    One of W.W. Phelps poorest didactic hymns. It seems there is no end to it — long after it has made its point. Maybe that’s the point, but it works better for modern sensibilities by changing the last word of stanza 3 to “grace” (often done) and omitting stanzas 4 and 5.

  6. A Turtle Named Mack says:

    I see Kolob not as a metaphor, but as a placeholder for something we simply have no clue about.

  7. But what if instead of using a spacecraft, we built a space elevator that allowed us to hie to earth orbit? What if we then continued onward with that same speed to build? I’m sure our languages are already plenty confounded, and God would just leave them alone.

  8. It’s pretty obvious how we’d get to Kolob: we’d have to spool up the FTL, and do so within 33 minutes.

  9. “what if … we built a space elevator”

    Hie high.

    Ha ha.

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