Mormonism and Natural Law

That’s the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here’s how it begins:

With the increasing likelihood that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President, it is important for Catholics and other Christians to reflect on some concerns raised by Damon Linker in a 2007 New Republic article. Linker argues that Mormon theology does not have important resources that traditional Christians have at their disposal, such as natural-law theory.

Although LDS writings say little specifically about the nature of moral law, they do say quite a lot about the nature of laws and principles that include moral laws. The founding Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., maintained that laws and principles are eternal and unchanging: “Every principle proceeding from God is eternal and any principle which is not eternal is of the devil. . . . The first step in the salvation of man is the laws of eternal and self-existent principles.”

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  • Guy R. Briggs

    “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated – and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”
    ~Doctrine & Covenants 130:20-21

  • Lynn Crippen

    Read The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen or
    The Majesty of God’s Law or read The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution

    That being said, I am voting for Ron Paul, which for me is a no brainer. I would love a discussion on RP’s National Foreign Policy among the Christian/Catholic Community!

    Willard Cleon Skousen (January 20, 1913 – January 9, 2006) was an American author, conservative American Constitutionalist and faith-based political theorist. He was also a prolific popularizer among Latter-day Saints (Mormons) of their theology. A notable anti-communist and supporter of the John Birch Society, Skousen’s works involved a wide range of subjects including the Six-Day War, Mormon eschatology, New World Order conspiracies, and parenting. His most popular works are The 5,000 Year Leap and The Naked Communist. A book by Skousen on end times prophecy, The Cleansing of America, was published by Valor Publishing Group in 2010, four years after his death.

    Ronald Reagan — President of the United States: The National Center for Constitutional Studies…is doing a fine public service in educating Americans about the principles of the Constitution.

    For many years in the United States, there has been a gradual drifting away from the Founding Fathers’ original success formula. This has resulted in some of their most unique contributions for a free and prosperous society becoming lost or misunderstood. Therefore, there has been a need to review the history and development of the making of America in order to recapture the brilliant precepts which made Americans the first free people in modern times.

    The Making of America provides a wealth of material on the Founding Father’s intentions when drafting the American Constitution. It is one of the most thorough compilations of statements by the Framers relating to constitutional interpretation, and addresses the Constitution clause by clause — providing resources on the Founder’s intent of each clause. The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation, was created in order to revive those original American concepts in all of their initial brilliance and vitality. The very fact that many of them are becoming obscure and misunderstood emphasizes the urgency of the task. The study for The Making of America extended over a period of nearly 40 years, and an organized effort to present this information in a published text was a concerted endeavor of nearly 14 years.

    It will be observed that many new insights are provided in the writings of the Founders for the solution to serious economic, political and social problems plaguing the world today. It is felt that a study of The Making of America can be of lasting value to all who have a serious concern for the general welfare of not only America but all mankind.
    About the Author
    W. Cleon Skousen is best remembered as a popular author, speaker and teacher who lectured in every state and province in North America, and in more than 60 countries world-wide. He was a student of history and a scholar of law, specializing in the principles of Freedom, the U.S. Constitution, economics, and ancient history and scriptures.

    He was invited to write a new constitution for Canada and the proposed United States of Latin America, and he published a model constitution that could be adopted by nations everywhere. He served in the FBI for 16 years, four years as Chief of Police in Salt Lake City, and ten years as a university professor. He was a prolific writer and produced three national best sellers, The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, and The Five Thousand Year Leap. Eight of his books were used as college texts, and several were translated and published in other countries.

    Dr. Skousen was born in Canada, and returned to the U.S. with his family at age ten. He spent two years in Mexico, two years in England, graduated from San Bernardino College in California, and received his juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School. He was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and before the District Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    His seminars on the Constitution have been taught to several million across the U.S., and among his students were dozens of U.S. Senators and Representatives, two Supreme Court justices, and several candidates for President. He believed knowledge and understanding were key to maintaining a free country, and spent his entire adult life opening up complex issues for deeper understanding by students and audiences all around the world.

    Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren.

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  • Nick

    I’m a bit skeptical at the attempt to paint the LDS church as a taking a tough stand on morality, particularly on the grounds of “unchangeable decrees” since the LDS are famous for changing doctrines to suit the times.

    For example, the LDS are in favor of polygamy, even if this is not *presently* fashionable. Even as far back as Pope Leo XIII he warned of the Mormons undermining marriage by pushing polygamy.

    As for the “eternal and unchanging” nature of polygamy, see this link:
    http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/2011/07/mormonism-and-polygamy-inescapable.html

    And just as bad, the LDS church officially allows abortion:
    http://newsroom.lds.org/official-statement/abortion
    Here is a key quote:

    “The [LDS] church allows for possible exceptions for its members when: Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or the fetus has severe defects.
    Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have consulted with their local church leaders and feel through personal prayer that their decision is correct. The Church has not favored or opposed legislative proposals or public demonstrations concerning abortion.”

    NOTE that not only are there “exceptions,” but the LDS also do NOT favor OR oppose legislation on abortion.

    People need to stop pretending Mormonism is *officially* in favor of traditional values when in reality there are numerous “exceptions”. Sadly, I believe this article is more tied to an unholy matrimony to the GOP, with a particularly fond view of the LDS Romney (who used to be a major liberal allowing abortion and gay marriage).

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