Reactionaries are disproportionately influential in criticisms of Pope Francis. *** The document from 29 June 2016, signed by 45 theologians, priests, and other Catholic scholars, included ten known radical Catholic reactionaries [see definition] who were signatories of the Filial Correction (which I dealt with at length in my recent paper on that influence). The common reactionary signatories are Fr. Barthe, Fr. Crean, Fr. Hunwicke, Dr. Lamont, Fr. Lanzetta, Dr. Pierantoni, Dr. Radaelli, Dr. Rao, Dr. Shaw, and Dr. Silvas. Additionally, six more people… Read more

Reactionaries are our present-day Pharisees and rigorist Donatists and Montanists. [see further information for the book above, and purchase details] What I do is refuse to wrangle with reactionaries (be sure to see how I define this term) over endless “legal”-type particulars. This is the game that they try to play: “the exception becomes the rule” or “death by a thousand qualifications” or “can’t see the forest for the trees” and caricature of orthodoxy and obedient Catholicism as “ultramontanism” or supposedly thinking that the… Read more

Christianity has an objective meaning, and it is trinitarian. Words of Richard Cranium will be in blue. *** So Mormons aren’t Christians? I think that would be news to a Mormon. No they’re not. They deny the Trinity. They’re well familiar with Christians saying they are not Christians: on this basis and others. Just because you have some doctrinal dispute with Mormons doesn’t mean they aren’t Christians. For instance, historians, Christians and otherwise, say Arius was a Christian, and he… Read more

Mormonism holds to “another Jesus” (2 Cor 11:4) and many gods (polytheism). (vs. Dr. Barry R. Bickmore) PART TWO GO TO PART ONE *** IV. Mormon Historian Lance Owens’ Hypothesis Concerning the Occultic, Kabbalistic, and Gnostic Origins of Mormonism It is the Mormon conception of God, not the Christian one, which is derived from non-biblical and non-apostolic sources, if we accept the fascinating and quite plausible Mormon arguments in the following works: Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection, and Joseph Smith:… Read more

Mormonism holds to polytheism (many gods rather than One). The polytheism of Joseph Smith is evident in his own writings. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith was compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith (10th president of the LDS and Joseph Smith Jr.’s great nephew), and printed in 2009 from a 1924 copy. I did a search for “gods” and found numerous instances. If someone wants to question this copy, another one online is published by the Book of Abraham Project, an organization… Read more

Mormonism holds to “another Jesus” (2 Cor 11:4) and many gods (polytheism). *** PART ONE GO TO PART TWO *** Dr. Barry R. Bickmore holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Virginia Tech, and is the author of Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity. Currently he is a professor in the department of geological sciences at Brigham Young University. In the Mormon Church he has been a seminary teacher, ward clerk, elder’s quorum president, and quorum teacher, among other… Read more

Mormonism denies the Trinity, which is essential to Christianity; therefore it is not Christian. I’m not scared to say it, but then, I am an apologist, whose job is to say unpopular things, and note that someone or something is in error. We can’t say this in public now because it isn’t “PC” and is supposedly “bad form.” In Mormonism, man becomes God and God was once a man. It’s a question of intellectual honesty. Mormonism is not Christian, by… Read more

Very in-depth discussion on whether Jesus is God or not. PART FOUR GO TO PART ONE GO TO PART TWO GO TO PART THREE 13) JOHN 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father {is} in me, and I in him. And Christians are also spoken of as being “in” the Father and the Son. Please take note: Joh 17:21 that all may be one, as You are in Me,… Read more

Very in-depth discussion on whether Jesus is God or not. PART THREE GO TO PART ONE GO TO PART TWO GO TO PART FOUR   11) JOHN 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. EGW EIMI is without significances, as it was a common phrase in Greek. For example, the blind man stated such in John 9:9, while Peter used the very same words in Acts 10:21. Of course the lack of the implied predicate… Read more

Very in-depth discussion on whether Jesus is God or not. PART TWO GO TO PART ONE GO TO PART THREE GO TO PART FOUR   Worship of angels is condemned (Col 2:18), and angels refuse worship (Rev 19:10 and 22:8-9). Therefore, Jesus could not be an angel, let alone lower than an angel. This flat-out contradicts Scripture. He is contrasted with the angels in Hebrews 1:5, 7, 13. Angels can only worship God. Hence, Jesus is God. Unfortunately you demonstrate further a priori assumptions here. For… Read more

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