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Personal News

I must apologize for not having posted much lately.  I have had a large number of things going on, all at the same time, for the past few weeks.  If you don’t mind me sharing some personal news, I will briefly make note of some of the things that have happened recently. I graduated from […]

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St Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Calisthenics

I recently had to do a presentation for my History of Theology class on a text by St. Ignatius of Loyola called The Spiritual Exercises — specifically, the “Annotations” ammended to it.  For those who may not be as familiar with St. Ignatius of Loyola: He was born 1491 in Spain and became a strong defender of […]

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Some Notes about the Apocalypse of Abraham

As you may have noted, unfortunately I have not had the time to post as much as I would like to here on Heavenly Ascents. I have been bogged down with multiple papers and presentations for my classes which have taken up most of my time.  I would like, however, to share with you some […]

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The Peculiarly Familiar Doctrines of Origen

We have recently been discussing the early Christian thinker Origen in my “Age of the Fathers” class. While we have been focusing mostly on his thoughts regarding the Trinity, there has been much in my readings that have struck as peculiarly familiar to my beliefs as a Latter-day Saint. I guess this is to be […]

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Levi’s Initiation into the Angelic Priesthood

10/07/08 This post will cover our class discussion of the Testament of Levi, an important apocalyptic document. I will not go into an overview of all that the document contains of theological interest–there is a vast number of details that could potentially be interesting to the LDS reader. For a great overview of the relevant […]

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The Human Form on God’s Throne

  Michelangelo’s Depiction of Moses on a Throne The following post represents research I did for Dr. Orlov’s Apocalyptic Literature class in preparation for a presentation I did on themes from the text of an ancient drama known as Exagoge, written by Ezekiel the Tragedian. This text is only known by fragments of the original […]

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When the Angels Worshipped Adam

September 26, 2008 Earlier on this week in Dr. Orlov’s class we had an absolute smorgasbord of a discussion.  The subject was the text often called The Life of Adam and Eve, known from the many manuscripts extant in various languages, including Latin, Greek, Slavonic, Coptic (fragments), Georgian, and Armenian. This document is an apocryphal […]

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On the Apologists and Angel Pneumatology

In my Age of the Fathers class, we have recently been discussing the early Christian apologists. Here follows a few notes: Definition of apologists is rather arbitrary. Lists of who the apologists were varies. The late Richard Norris offered the following definition: The term “Apologists”, as applied to Christian writers of the early period, denotes […]

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