Author’s Note: This post is cross-posted at Faith-Promoting Rumor.
Are Mormons Christians?
For most Mormons, the answer to this question is obvious. Yes, yes they are. They believe in Jesus Christ. This settles it for them
For people from other religious perspectives, the answer is obvious but in the negative. Mormons are not Christians. The reasons for this response is varied.
For some, few answers are obvious. Instead, this question is more one of inquiry. For me, the question itself, and that it gets asked, is what intrigues me and brings me to this round table. Why do we get caught up in these debates? What do such questions tell us about Mormonism, Christianity, and religion.
A group of bloggers here at Patheos has decided to take turns addressing this question. The participants on this round table, include contributors to the Mormon channel here at Patheos, as well as bloggers at the Buddhist and Catholic Channels. I am hoping to rope in contributions and responses from other channels as well.
We will also have at least one guest contribution from a leading scholar who has written on this topic.
One of my purposes in announcing this round table, is to invite you to participate. Please, ask questions and leave comments in the comment sections of the respective posts.
If you would like to contribute a guest post about this question, shoot my a message. You can do so by sending me a message at my Facebook page or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to this discussion. Patheos is a great place for it.
Here are the contributions to the round table so far:
“Are Mormons Christians? Defining Religious Identity” by Justin Whitaker atAmerican Buddhist Perspective.“Are Mormons Christian? Who Gets to Decide?” by Caryn Riswold of feminismxianity.
“What a Pagan can tell you about whether Mormons are Christian” by John Halstead of The Allergic Pagan.
“Who Do You Say That I Am? Mormons and the Christ” by Kathy Schiffer at Seasons of Grace.
Are Mormons Christian? A series of unhelpful questions by Fred Clark at Slacktivist.