Also, a rather ancient Christian meeting place, about 2nd or 3rd Century AD, was found some months ago. No crosses were found, but the fish motif was. Hmmmm.]]>
From what I’ve read, 5 pointed temple stars are not pentagrams. They are not interchangeable. I may be wrong. That’s why I’m taking part in this conversation. To learn.
You call me a troll, but it’s also a classic tactic to give a disparaging label to those you disagree with. Can’t we have a discussion without name calling? Why are there so many bullies in the bloggernacle?
I’ve never heard anyone in Gospel Doctrine class called a troll, and I’ve heard people make some pretty outlandish comments. Why can’t we be more like we are at church?
I think I’ll be leaving now.]]>
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that your question is not legitimate because your conclusions do not follow from your premises. A design element does not necessarily have any specific meaning. That the Church decided it wanted to design the Nauvoo Temple to match the original as much as possible, including the original (likely mason-inspired) pentagrams, does not justify your conclusion that the pentagram has some sort of special place in current LDS theology.
And finally, your protests of wanting to give different points of view, followed by a question being “legitimate,” is a classic tactic of a concern troll.]]>
Here’s a link to a picture of the sunstones on the Salt Lake Temple.
Just scroll down and put your cursor over “Sunstones”.
Sorry about not using the abbreviated form of saint. I didn’t know that one was proper and the other not. I’ve seen it both ways.
What were you saying about trolling?]]>
I’ve seen plenty of 5 pointed temple stars, but those aren’t the same thing as a pentagram. Where are the pentagrams on the Saint George Temple, Manti Temple, Logan Temple, Salt Lake Temple, or the earlier Kirtland Temple? I think this is a legitimate question.
Likewise, I’ve seen plenty of sun motifs on temples, but those aren’t the same thing as a sunstone. Where are the sunstones on the St. George Temple (can’t bring myself to misspell), Manti Temple, Logan Temple, Salt Lake Temple, or the earlier Kirtland Temple? I think this is a legitimate question… I’d also like to know that if this symbol is roted so deeply in Mormonism then why don’t we see it plastered all over other temples?
Or, I could just be concern trolling…]]>
I’ve found that there is rarely 100 percent truth in anything, but elements of truth everywhere. I just posted that link to give a different point of view. I’ve been to all of the temples listed in that article, and I’ve never seen a pentagram. I’ve seen plenty of 5 pointed temple stars, but those aren’t the same thing as a pentagram. Where are the pentagrams on the Saint George Temple, Manti Temple, Logan Temple, Salt Lake Temple, or the earlier Kirtland Temple? I think this is a legitimate question.
It’s at least as legitimate as using photos of post apostasy churches for justification of the use of pentagrams in Mormonism.
I have to say that when I went through the Nauvoo temple I was taken aback at the number of pentagrams inside the temple. It seems that if a symbol is going to be used so prolifically that we should have some explanation from our leaders as to why this is such a significant symbol, and what the true meaning of this symbol is. I’d also like to know that if this symbol is rooted so deeply in Mormonism then why don’t we see it plastered all over other temples?]]>
I like how the article “Mormon Mandy” included use Eliphas Levi as their source. It’s like the commentor didn’t even read your post Seth!]]>