Philosopher Adam S. Miller, who teaches at Collin College in McKinney, Texas, and presently serves as director of the prestigious Mormon Theology Seminar, has written a small book that deserves big attention.
In his thoughtful preface, historian Richard L. Bushman asserts that "Adam Miller is the most original and provocative Latter-day Saint theologian practicing today" and that, like other philosophers and theologians, his writings reflect his possible doubt that his subject "can be reduced to a rational orderly system." But, for me, there is immense continuity to the book's fourteen essays, each of which interfaces with the restored gospel in impressively universal terms--speaking not only in philosophical abstractions but also addressing everyday human concerns. It is clear that Miller got his initial scholarly training at Brigham Young University; he in fact credits particularly James E. Fauconer, Stephen E. Robinson, and Robert L. Millet. He also shares supportive utterances by a number of recent and present-day General Authorities-- including President Ezra Taft Benson, President Boyd K. Packer, and Elder Bruce R. McConkie-- that may further surprise you.
Miller, Adam S. and Rogers, Thomas F.
"Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 52
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol52/iss4/9