I don’t think that Evangelical Protestant and Latter-day Saint ideas on the relationship between grace and works are quite as far apart as most Evangelical Protestants and many Latter-day Saints imagine, but, to the extent that we disagree, I think that the Evangelicals are wrong. (Big surprise!) However, that’s a topic for another time — and probably more for a book than for a blog entry. (The dispute over grace, or faith, and works has been raging between Catholics and Protestants, and various kinds of Protestants, and Mormons and certain kinds of Protestants for several centuries now, and I’m unlikely to put an end to it until at least late July, after I return from England and can devote a few minutes to the matter. What the article too easily refers to as “traditional Christian emphasis on grace alone” suggests a consensus where, actually, no consensus exists, not even among non-Mormons.)
But there are, as this article by my friend Peggy Fletcher Stack recounts, some Idaho-based Evangelicals currently visiting Utah in an attempt to convince Mormons that we need to become Christians(c) by, among other things, accepting their particular understanding of grace and works.
Oh well. I hope they have a good time.
What interested me as much as anything about the article is its mention of John Morehouse, who is my opposite number as “custodian” of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy — an organization on whose board I sit and for which I’m now the custodian of the Mormon Chapter.
There are, I think, really good things that are going to be coming down the pike over the next four-to-twelve months from the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy. Watch this space — or, even better, watch here — for news.