Welcome to Ships of Hagoth
A Latter-day Saint Digital VoyageHagoth’s ships were not designed for a pleasure cruise through charted territory. They were vessels of discovery and exploration, built and boarded with only a general course charted. The same is true of this website. Informed by the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, Ships of Hagoth explores culture the world over. In keeping with the curious spirit of our namesake, we echo these words of Michel de Montaigne:
I propose formless and undetermined fancies... to be after disputed upon in the schools, not to establish truth but to seek it... let what I here set down meet with correction or applause; it shall be of equal welcome and utility to me.
We'll do our best to be intellectually honest, faithful to our heritage as Latter-day Saints and respectful to those we encounter along the way. If we reveal our ignorance with an audacious, unqualified, half-baked argument--or if you feel we haven't gone far enough--speak up. We're eager to learn.
Discerning Celestial Homesickness
An Authentic Approach
Since Mormonism—like Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, or existentialism—contains its own philosophical assumptions... it does not matter what we ultimately write about but who we write as.
—Dr. Michael Austin
Engaging the Other
Engaging the other is an act of faith, not an exercise in sacking a text for Mormon-looking quotes or attitudes.
—Dr. Gideon Burton
Listening for Added Truth
Other traditions have much to teach us. Not by way of confirming, corroborating, or verifying the truths we already have. But by way of actually adding to the body of revealed doctrine we call precious and true.
—Dr. Terryl Givens