I had a great opportunity today to sit through a lecture on Grace & Works From a Contemporary Latter-Day Saint Perspective taught by LDS scholar Dr. Camille Fronk Olson, professor of Ancient Scripture in the Religious Studies department of Brigham Young University. For those who don’t know, there has been an exciting dialogue emerging in the last 10-15 years between Evangelicals and Mormons. A significant contribution to this dialogue has been the book entited How Wide The Divide: A Mormon and an Evangelical in Dialogue, which was written by none other than one of my own professors at Denver Seminary, Dr. Craig Blomberg.
The lecture itself was attended by about thirty people. Dr. Olson’s articulate lecture and obvious knowledge coupled with her passion for the subject made for an enjoyable and informative discussion. However, I must say that her slant on grace was not exactly what I expected to hear. This speaks more of my own presuppositions and misconceptions than it does of her lecture. Read the rest of this entry »