The idea for this post has been bouncing around in my head for a while, and it’s all David Tennant’s fault. I’m not a huge Doctor Who fan, but my wife is, and as a result I’ve seen a decent number of the show’s post-2005 reboot episodes. One of the best is a fan-favorite episode called Blink, and while I won’t go into all the reasons it’s an entertaining episode (hint: has something to do with these guys), I will highlight my favorite part of the episode, a small discourse from David Tennant’s Doctor on the nature of time:
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Besides being a great way to hand-wave away the tremendous amount of retconning and timeline bending a show like Dr. Who requires, that line has also given me a useful way to conceptualize Mormon doctrine and religion and general. My take, with thanks to The Doctor, is this: People assume that Mormon doctrine is a strict progression from eternal truth to prophetic teachings, but actually, from a non-correlated, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, doctrine-woctrine…stuff.