At 02:41 PM 9/27/2002, you wrote:

>Mark Gregson wrote:
> >
> > >  I found Eric
> > > Samuelson's criticism a bit harsh, but this was probably to be expected
> > > as
> > > he knew little about it going in. I see his program as no more strange
> > > than
> > > for a backyard gathering of amateur astronomers--which is what John
> > > Pratt
> > > is. Here is an excerpt from what John Pratt says himself about the
> > > "Feast
> > > of Trumpets" program in an email message promoting it:
> > >
> > > <Quote>
> > > There will be a symbolic and instructive program, based partly on
> > > authentic
> > > Hebrew traditions but mostly on my own interpretation, relating it to
> > > events of the restoration of the Gospel.
> >
> > Any way you slice it, the "program" was bizarre.  Why the heck would
> > anyone want to present "information" in that style? (you can't use the
> > temple as a reason because it is real and authorized).
> >
>I think that Samuelson's gnostic reference is sadly pretty much bang on.
>I have read a lot of Samuelson's comments on AML over the years,
>although I haven't been there for some months now, maybe even a year or
>two, but he probably hasn't changed much.  He's playwright and a lot
>more liberal minded than the typical ZION lister for sure (isn't
>everybody?) but he is a prof at BYU and he even writes some of the
>"spoken word" commentaries for the MTC broadcasts, so he does know
>better ;->. He can be an irreverant satirist at times. Maybe even most
>of the time.  And he's perceptive.  His remark about "Yo HO that I Were
>an Angel" was seen by me in that vein, as a comment on the possibility
>that the rather contrived first two notes of that song,  sliding from oh
>up to OH, (is that a full fifth of an octave?) can be quite difficult to
>accomplish artfully and if you aren't careful you end up sounding like a
>pirate's Yo HO.  He may have just spoiled the song for me forever, which
>is the ultimate compliment you can pay to a satirist.
>Actually he seemed to be pretty mild about Pratt's performance.  Perhaps
>in deference to his Sister in Law or whoever it was in his family who
>seems to becoming a fellow travellor. But more than likely he just
>figured the thing spoke for itself.  How do you satirize something
>that's already so far over the top?
>I have to confess that my mind was drawn to the wonderful Isaiah passage
>about "wizards who peep and mutter" as I read the review.
>"To the law and to the prophets" is where we should turn, as we are
>sternly reminded by Isaiah, not to people who claim the right to
>instruct us in things of God because of special insight.  Interestingly
>Isaiah says of such people that there "no light in them." I understand
>that Pratt has been published in the Ensign and that tells me that he
>should know better too. If part of Pratt's ritual caused Samuelson to
>become uncomfortable about temple parody then it must have been
>amazingly inappropriate.  Samuelson would not blush easily.
>The Isaiah reference can be found at 2 Nephi 18: 19-20
> > I believe that all rational LDS would have warning alarms going off if
> > exposed to this "program".
> >
>My ears were ringing. And not with the sound of trumpets!

Geez, you guys are severe. Pratt is *not* a wizard, peeping and muttering, 
nor is he claiming any sort of authority from God about special insight. 
The guy has a Ph'd in astronomy and is a specialist in religious chronology 
and ancient calendars --hence the emphasis on the ancient Jewish Feast of 
Trumpets. I think had you actually read some of his articles, although you 
may not agree with all of his *speculations* (neither do I necessarily), 
and he is careful to make the distinction, you would be proud to have him 
as a member of your stake <grin>.

Steven Montgomery

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