Disharmony, Dat Harmony, Utter Harmony, or Harmony Pennsylvania?
Cleaning out my parents’ home recently I cane across my father’s copy of Our Lord of the Gospels, the Melchizedek Priesthood manual for 1958, the year I expanded our family. That was back when lesson manuals were written by individuals, not committees, like Hugh Nibley (Since Cumorah), Lowell Bennion (Introduction to the Gospel, and others), Harvey Fletcher (The Good Life), or in this case President McKay’s counselor, J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
I looked at the manual many times. I could tell from the title it was some kind of biography, but it didn’t look very kid friendly so I was an adult before found out what kind of a biography it was–a narrative harmony of the Gospels. I hardly need to explain that a harmony is an attempt to arrange the Gospels into a single account, but it might be worthwhile looking at those words attempt and harmony.
The need to harmonize suggests some disharmony, and all harmonies are attempts because there’s not a definitive harmony–can’t be. Continue reading