Jurisprudence and the Problem of Church Doctrine

Element: Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2006

20 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2007 Last revised: 16 Sep 2008

Nathan B. Oman

William & Mary Law School

Abstract

Within Mormonism, the concept of church doctrine is frequently invoked in theological discussions. What is meant by this term, however, is not entirely clear. This essay argues that the question what is church doctrine? can be usefully analogized to the question what is the law? It then uses the contemporary philosophy of law to analyze the concept of church doctrine within Mormonism

Keywords: Mormonism, church doctrine, theology, philosophy

Suggested Citation

Oman, Nathan B., Jurisprudence and the Problem of Church Doctrine. Element: Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030862

Nathan B. Oman (Contact Author)

William & Mary Law School ( email )

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