Faith and Reason Essay, Mormonism, Al-Ghazali


In the Doctrine and Covenants, we are encouraged to "Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom." While this recommendation comes from Mormon scripture, no group or individual has a monopoly on wisdom or knowledge-these "best books" clearly include works by those of other faiths. One of history's most prominent religious writers is Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, who studied and wrote during the uoos on many topics, including the relationship between religion and the various forms of science. In his thesis Deliverance from Error, Al-Ghazali proposes that there are three levels of knowledge, each more concrete than the previous: faith, belief, and personal experience. Regardless of doctrinal differences, Al-Ghazali's Deliverance from Error and the LDS faith share similar views on obtaining knowledge.