Episode 11: Alma 43 – 52 (Part 1 of 2)

Latter-day Peace Studies presents: Come, Follow Me
Latter-day Peace Studies presents: Come, Follow Me
Episode 11: Alma 43 - 52 (Part 1 of 2)

Shiloh and Ben begin a preliminary discussion to contextualize the war chapters. They explore the observations for the Lord’s stated means of deliverance in Mosiah 7:33, the Lord’s standard for “justified” self-defense and warfare in D&C 98, and what it means to go beyond what is merely justified into the realms of what is counted as “righteousness.” In Alma 43:47 it states “the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed.” Yet, in this seeming universal command to take up arms to spill the blood of brother’s or sister’s life in defense of our families, we see righteous examples counter to the popular interpretation of this commandment in the fires of Ammonihah and with the Anti Nephi Lehis. Ben and Shiloh explore a more consistent interpretation of this scripture justifying “bloodshed” where the women and children of Ammonihah and of the Anti Nephi Lehis are not just outliers and seeming contradictions but are the very archetypal witnesses of this commandment.

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Shiloh lives in Bakersfield, CA, with his wife and four children. He spent his formative years growing up in Memphis, TN, and graduated from Brigham Young University with dual degrees in philosophy and geography. Shiloh is currently a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University pursuing a PhD in religion (focusing on Mormon Studies). He is the founder of Latter-day Peace Studies and co-produces LDPS Come, Follow Me's weekly podcast.