A Chiastic Analysis of ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’
Ivan D. Sanderson and Mark J. Sanderson
The existence of chiasmus in the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is well documented. However, the existence of chiasmus in the inspired writings of modern prophets, apostles and church leaders is mainly overlooked. This may be due, at least in part, to the view that chiasmus is exclusively an ancient literary form.
A Chiastic Analysis of ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’ by Ivan D. Sanderson and Mark J. Sanderson is a case study demonstrating the existence and value of chiasmus in the writings of modern prophets and apostles. A chiastic approach to studying the Proclamation uncovers the depth and breadth of doctrine that is contained in its nine brief paragraphs and reveals a thorough explanation of the role of the family in our Heavenly Father’s plan. A Chiastic Analysis of ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’ aims to draw attention and increase obedience to the word of God that is communicated to us today by His modern spokesmen.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
What Is Chiasmus?
Part 1: Smaller-Scale Chiasms
Paragraph 1: God’s Definition of Marriage
Paragraph 2: Human and Gender Equality
Paragraph 3: Temple Marriage
Paragraph 4: Sacred Powers of Procreation
Paragraph 5: Sacredness of Life and Reproduction
Paragraph 6: Parenting is a Sacred Duty
Paragraph 7: Familial Relationships and Gender Roles
Paragraph 8: Accountability of Parents and Dire Consequences for Disintegration of the Family
Paragraph 9: Responsibilities of Government
Part 2: Larger-Scale Chiasm
A: Importance of the Family
B: Eternal Potential of Families
C: Laws Governing Human Reproduction
D: Keys for Successful Families
E: Parental Accountability Before God
Ivan D. Sanderson is the author of Isaiah: The Times of Fulfillment, a verse-by-verse commentary. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Colorado and MA and BA degrees in geology from Brigham Young University.
Mark J. Sanderson is a professional writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has an MA in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA in history with a minor in English from Brigham Young University.