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God's Throne and the Celestial, Terrestrial and Telestial Kingdoms. The Kolob Theorem allows us to see more clearly the home we lived in before we were born and the home we will live in after we die. These places appear more real; they are made of matter, some of very fine and pure matter, and exist in time and space. It helps us anticipate the reality of the glories of ouGod's Throne and the Celestial, Terrestrial and Telestial Kingdoms. The Kolob Theorem allows us to see more clearly the home we lived in before we were born and the home we will live in after we die. These places appear more real; they are made of matter, some of very fine and pure matter, and exist in time and space. It helps us anticipate the reality of the glories of our future home....

Title : The Kolob Theorem: A Mormon's View of God's Starry Universe
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The Kolob Theorem: A Mormon's View of God's Starry Universe Reviews

  • Melissa
    2018-12-04 05:01

    If I could give this book more stars, I would. This theory makes the whole Plan of Salvation and life before and after death seem more real. My mind has not stopped pondering since I started reading it. It's the perfect blend of scientific evidence combined with scripture and other LDS sources to account for the form and structure of all of God's worlds, planets and suns. It's definately a theory worth reading about.

  • Kelley
    2018-11-22 06:04

    My husband was right - this book is fascinating. In it, Hilton explains his theory that the Milky Way is God's realm and that other galaxies are the thrones of his relatives - other Gods. He explains his theory in great detail, siting many sources, both scriptural and scientific. It was like reading a piece in a collegiate journal. I enjoyed reading Hilton's theories, even if I don't necessarily believe them all. Much of what he said about our galaxy made sense and could very well be true. There were a few points that I wasn't on board with him, though. Still, I am glad to have this starting point to consider my own views on the subject. The bottom line to me is that, although it really is an interesting subject and fun to speculate on, it doesn't matter to my eternal salvation and could even possibly cause me to miss the mark if I get crazy about it. I would be better off reading books from the prophet and general authorities.

  • Stacey
    2018-11-22 00:55

    This book caught my eye while I was looking for another at the library. I was intrigued by the title and hoped by reading it I wouldn't be labeled a "sign seeker".I was very awestruck by the ideas in this book and it opened my mind to many new thoughts and understandings. Although this book is just a theory of what might be, I appreciated all of the quotes by latter-day prophets that I have never heard before, specifically by Joseph Smith.I realize after pondering the thoughts in this book that I have no idea the span of God's creations and if nothing else, my faith and love for an Almighty, Omniscient, Omnipotent God had been expanded; the very thought alone that I have the potential to become like him is almost too much to bear considering the state that I am in today but knowing that God is my creator and knows my potential I feel inspired to become better.

  • Margie
    2018-11-16 06:04

    Wow, did this book blow my mind. There is really no way to prove his theory other than through direct revelation, but his evidence is compelling AND it caused me many days of reflection. This book changed the way I think about the universe.

  • Katie
    2018-12-06 04:49

    I really enjoyed this read for a new perspective on old principles. I'm really drawn toward scientific explanations for faith based beliefs. Although I know that there are things we need to take on faith, I also know that all things spiritual could be explained scientifically if we had the proper knowledge and understanding. I enjoy getting scientific takes on spirituals things and find my faith renewed by it. The theories in this book are based on actual scientific data, so some of the ideas in this book may be difficult to understand and follow if you aren't academically inclined. Good luck!

  • Donna
    2018-12-01 00:55

    A very scientific read tied into modern revelation concerning earth and heaven. He makes very compelling arguments towards his theory - but makes it clear that it is theory and not sanctioned LDS doctrine. Interesting, thought provoking, but left me with lingering questions regarding what might or might not be truth in his theory.

  • Monta
    2018-12-03 04:02

    I'm not much into sketchy Mormon theories, but this was loaned to me by a friend (my principal) and so I read it. I wouldn't really recommend it, however if you like exploring sketch Mormon theories, it may be the book for you. It's a theory about where God's home is located relative to our galaxy. There are some interesting photos of galaxies that appear to back up his postulations.

  • Shannon Peterson
    2018-12-10 03:06

    This book made me feel so small! It tells the many theories of the Kolab culture, and their view of life.

  • Brian
    2018-12-05 23:59

    4 stars because it made me think. It'll be funny when everything in this theorem turns out to be dead wrong, but I liked it.

  • Travis
    2018-12-05 23:50

    Although not promoted as official Church doctrine - it is presented as a "theorem"--I enjoyed this book immensely, and it really helped me to understand better the Plan of Salvation and how I fit into it, as well as earth and the overall layout of the universe in general from a uniquely Mormon perspective. I really enjoyed the references to scripture, and the words of both ancient and modern prophets. The author provides scientific evidence in harmony with what the scriptures stated and leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. As others have stated in other reviews, I wouldn't recommend this for an investigator or new convert to the Church (although I am a new convert and borrowed it from a close friend; my curiosity about all things Kobol and a prayerful desire to learn more led me to this). I have a strong testimony already that the things I've read in scripture and that the Church is true, so this book served to remind that we are all part of something much bigger, and it didn't waver, but actually strengthened my faith in my Heavenly Father. I especially enjoyed the section on Earth's development, and the quotes from Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Elder James Talmage, and others which added insight to the description of earth's journey through the galaxy. Again, I remind myself that much of what is presented is theoretical - it can't be taken as fact until proven; for me, that's where faith comes in, and although we don't know for sure (and some of the items presented could be way off), it's one way to view matters and I appreciate how it has helped me to rethink my place in the universe, and bear with the day to day struggles realizing that God is in full control, and we have something much better to look forward to. The research is authoritative, presents some pretty interesting ideas, and has allowed me to look at the heavens with a renewed interest and awe.

  • Ashleigh Son
    2018-11-11 02:48

    Before my granddad died, he told me about this book. He was so enthusiastic about it, and told me the basic principles of the Kolob Theorem. I was about 21 years old when this happened, and didn't read much back then and thought it was cool, but probably wouldn't read it. 6 years later, my curiosity was piqued when I saw good reviews about it online (out of nowhere). I suddenly remembered my granddad's high regard for it. I wonder if Granddad was urging me to take a look at it from the "other side of the veil!" :D So I bought a copy, and am glad I did. Even though it is a theory, something feels right about it. Most of the concepts rang true to me, if not all of them. Lately I am on a spiritual journey, to learn as much as I can. This book was unique, but didn't try to disprove what I already know to be true from my personal scripture and gospel study, as well as knowledge from the astronomy class I have taken. Although it is not written to entertain, and speaks in a very scholarly voice, I enjoyed the read.

  • David
    2018-11-13 22:44

    I was approached by a friend who asked me to appraise this book from a doctrinal view. It is the perfect example of four scriptures:2 Timothy 4:4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.2 Peter 1:16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.1 Timothy 4:7But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.1 Timothy 1:4Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Why do people waste their time and money on opinion when there is so much doctrine in the scriptures?

  • Ken
    2018-12-10 05:01

    Since I am still working on some of the first principles of the gospel, namely faith, repentance, and enduring to the end, this book is probably irrelevant for my growth. The author makes very clear that the contents of the book belong to him alone, although he does a good job using scriptural and latter-day general authority references to support his views. It is an interesting take on our universe and how the gospel plan relates, but I will not spend a great deal of time wondering where Kolob is until I am further along in my own personal growth. Maybe then the book will get a higher rating from me.

  • Evanmillar
    2018-11-13 01:03

    First few chapters were interesting, about the milky way being the realm of our god, and the nucleus of the universe being the celestial kingdom. About half way through I got a little annoyed with the quasi-scientific evidence, and skimmed through the rest.One thing that I've heard before, and I can't seem to make sense of is the idea of Jesus Christ only coming to our world, out of the countless worlds God has created. It strikes me as the equivalent of winning the celestial lottery (only much less likely), and seems like an awfully self centered view of the universe. Can anybody else make sense of this?

  • Kirt
    2018-11-25 23:12

    This one is a game-changer. Hilton has done a superb job of laying out, in a very methodical way, a cohesive collection of ideas about Mormon cosmology. It is a satisfying read and makes good sense from a broad array of sources. Where is God's abode? Where are the kingdoms of glory that will be our reward? Where is hell? If God had predecessors, where did they go? Who else shares this universe with us? What will become of our home planet? Questions like these have rattled around in my head all my life, and it is comforting to find answers coallescing around a nicely stated core of ideas. It's just a theory, but I like its premise and its promise.

  • Tom
    2018-11-28 01:56

    Simply put...This was one of the worst books I have ever listened to. I got it on via audio book from my library and gave it a listen. It was only about 4-5 hours long and it was 4-5 hours too long. If this author really has does have a Ph-D, the college should ask for the diploma back. This book is a despicable disgrace to anything related to REAL science. The ONLY thing good about this book is that it isn't very long. I am embarrassed that I actually listened to this pile.

  • Russ Haney
    2018-11-26 05:51

    It is books like this that make members of other churches think Mormons are weirdos. As a member I have to say that this is not what the church teaches or believes in any way. Hilton should be ashamed of himself for entertaining such drivel. If god is only the god of this galaxy then he is a limited god and not the all powerful creator of heaven and earth. The scriptures are replete with evidence of God having "endless," unnumbered creations, this book keeps god under control by postulating garbage. Again, I repeat; THIS IS NOT WHAT MORMONS BELIEVE. Deseret Book should really consider hiring better people to choose what books they sell.My only regret is the time I wasting reading this. Also, I am glad I did not spend my money to get my hands on a copy of this. I could go on, but I have wasted enough time on this "Theorem."

  • Brett Folkman
    2018-12-04 23:56

    Well, what can I say about a book that uses very dated science, should have been a 2 page blog post on some speculative fantasy LDS theology website where potentially sarcastic theories are written as real, is repetitive and basically a silly theory to think that one can grasp the vastness of God and his place in all existence, by limited him to our puny Galaxy. I was very surprised anyone would even publish this book, but looking at the cover it was self published! That alone is a pretty good sign about the quality of the content.

  • Kendall L. Mann
    2018-12-02 00:42

    Answers My Life Long Questions!While In high school I had the question "What does it all mean?" I pictured the universe when asking this question. After graduating high school I found the Mormon Church, received a testimony and my question began to be answered. I study the mysteries of God in the scriptures, I took astronomy in college, and I keep up with the pictures of the Hubble telescope. This book does a wonderful job of bringing the scriptures, the quotes from past prophets, and modern day astronomy together in a way that exceeded all my expectations in finding the answers to my life long question...What does it all mean?

  • S. Kent Turner
    2018-12-07 03:47

    Science with religion An exemplary story merging religion with science. It really makes you think of what's out in space further than we can see. It's amazing to think of how many worlds are out there!

  • Jessica
    2018-11-19 00:08

    Mind blown. And somehow it all makes perfect sense and I believe it. I'm glad I have this theory in my brain now and I will never look at the stars the same way again.

  • Alisha
    2018-11-28 00:45

    Very thought provoking, many things in this book ring true. Enjoyed this book!

  • Rachel
    2018-11-16 04:08

    This really gave me a lot to think about! I don't think I'll ever look at things the same way again.

  • Steven
    2018-12-04 02:52

    I had hoped reading this book would be a good exercise in objectively evaluating an idea that seemed on the onset to be bonkers: The Milky-Way galaxy marks the extent of God’s domain and, itself, is divided into three concentric compartments that are separated by opaque clouds of dust. The author claims these three compartments correspond to the Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial realms of Mormon theology.It is a very creative idea and must have been very fun to consider and think through. But, other than the initial conception of the idea, there is not much here to support the author’s hypotheses. Hilton could improve his theory by doing the following:1. Connect the logic. The book is filled with statements that place something that is true (The galaxy is BIG!) with something that is not proven (Thus God as enough room within a single galaxy to make all of his creations). The author expects you to believe the second statement on account of the truthfulness of the first. But, in fact, the two statements are totally unconnected. Maybe the galaxy is way, way too small? The author provides no estimate for how fast God can create something, or how much room each thing needs, or any other measure for whether there is enough room for God in a single galaxy. This kind of trick is on nearly every page. Hilton’s theory would be greatly strengthened if he could provide some reason why his interpretations are more likely to be correct than other interpretations. 2. Correct internal inconsistencies. Hilton’s theory contradicts itself in a few places. For example, Hilton claims that the dust lanes in the Galaxy act as a veil to both protect the Earth from the intense heat of the celestial kingdom located at the core of the galaxy and also to block the earth from visual contact with God. His evidence? Radio, infrared, and X-ray observations of the galactic core that can see through these dust clouds and thus put man in visual contact with the center of the galaxy. Further, if the dust clouds are so important, why can we use visual bands of light to see straight into the core of other galaxies where dust clouds do not obscure the view? Or, if dust clouds are able to block intense radiation, why should the earth worry with its protective atmosphere and magnetic field?3. Address astronomical findings that do not jive with the theory. The author provides just a few astronomical findings as support for this hypothesis. Most of these are from pop-science publications written between 1975 and 1985 (despite the 2006 copyright date of the book). He does nothing to address evidence that may contradict his theory. Ex: The Big Bang, the death of stars in the center of the galaxy.4. Defend the interpretation. In this book, when science and scripture oppose each other, scripture wins every time. Hilton is a man of faith and it is understandable that, in his view, scientific arguments must either match with doctrine of they must be wrong. The problem with this approach is that Hilton is shielded from having to consider the nuances of interpretation. The scriptures may say X, but it doesn’t always follow that they mean X. This book would be much improved if it could address alternative scriptural interpretations. This would keep the book from having to force some of the square pegs of science to fit the round holes of literal interpretations of scripture. Galileo won this fight. He will win again.In conclusion, all good ideas start out sounding a little bonkers. I applaud Hilton for taking the radical and creative step of asking “what if.” His theory would be greatly improved with stricter criteria for acceptable evidence and a treatment of of alternative hypotheses.

  • Ben Sailors
    2018-11-11 22:00

    As a member of the LDS church my entire life, I have often considered some of our doctrine and have been unable to reconcile them in my head. This book answered a lot of those questions, and was extremely though provoking. While I'm certainly not advocating what Brother Hilton has written as doctrine, it does show a more complete understanding of a slew of LDS doctrines that otherwise don't make sense. My personal favorite is that our God is only the God of this galaxy. I never was able to figure out how to reconcile the idea of many gods with one universe. Many gods with an ever expanding universe however, is definite food for thought. The insight into Facsimile 2 was refreshing. Too many people shie away from it like it's cursed or something. I loved that he drew so much out of D&C 76, 88, 130, Moses, and Abraham. I think so much of the latter-day revelation came to us because we have more access to the stars and heavens than ever before. This book is doctrinally sound, well backed up by scriptural evidence and scientific theory. I immensely enjoyed it, but I would definitely not recommend it to a non-Mormon as the majority of it requires a pretty deep familiarity with both our doctrine and our scriptures. Even inside of the church, this may be something that goes under "Let them with ears to hear, hear." It's not light stuff. It unabashedly goes after the most ambitious claims of our theology. I adore this man for being so bold as to put these thoughts out into the world.The scriptures, (Bible included), are repleat with prophecies about the Second Coming and the Kolob theory makes a lot of those make more sense. How could a celestial orb reside in the same solar system of un-celestialized orbs? Could even our sun withstand it? Missing parts of the earth like Enoch's city, the lost 10 tribes, and in my opinion, the Nephite/Lamanite regions, could explain much.Again, I'm not saying it's doctrine, but this book is the closest thing to "right" I've read. I felt the spirit and the truth of many of the points in this book, and I'll let that statement speak for itself.

  • Justin Hill
    2018-12-07 02:54

    I gave it 4 stars for entertainment value. This book took me back to my scouting days, talking eternity with the adults and generally freaking myself out about something never ending. The author's speculations appeal to me in general. I'm a bit suspicious that all the scientific (and most of the other) sources in the bibliography were published before I was born. Maybe that's no big deal, but it makes me wonder if he had difficulty finding support in more recent scientific publications. I don't think the book will change my life, but it's a good, thought-provoking read that may or may not jive with reality. I'm going to go look at the stars.

  • Jason
    2018-11-21 04:08

    Some interesting chapters, others not so interesting. Not for the new convert or someone investigating the church. In fact, I don't know that I would recommend this book to most church members I know. Has a lot of useless and needless hypotheticals and ponderings that don't really do anyone any good in the end, despite the fact that many of the postulates are quite possible if not probable. I always find it best to stick to the basics: faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, temple ordinances, and endure to the end; that's all you really need.

  • Hector Sosa
    2018-11-13 05:03

    I espoused a lot of the same beliefs as the author. He did fill me in in a few details that I was lacking. The interesting thing is that I believed this way long before I became a Latter Day Saint.You will look at life and will see that a lot of things we deal with are very insignificant compared with our place in the Cosmos. My understanding of God as the Creator and Architect of the galaxy has become crystallized in my mind. It all makes sense and it's very orderly. God is a god of order, and it shows.

  • Matt
    2018-11-29 04:06

    This was a fun read, right up my alley. Of course, this isn't a doctrinal book by any stretch and shouldn't be taken as such. Nevertheless, I admire the author's insight and ideas. I'm not sure if I agree or not with the notion of one God per galaxy. Somehow that seems too small, even for God. What about these Hubble telescope images of two galaxies colliding, eventually becoming one? Intriguing. We also know about galaxy clusters, and even clusters of clusters, all rotating and gravitationally bound to each other.

  • Jeff
    2018-12-07 02:50

    Say what you will about Mormons (of course, it's all fair game), but the theology, scholarship, history, anthropology, etc. are fascinating, challenging, thought-provoking. I'll ever take controversy and oddity with my religion over the easy, effortless answer. Unfortunately, this one stretched even the limits of my inquisitiveness. Kudos for some fascinating, original ideas, while too much literal interpretation turned me off.