Mormonisn, Calvinism, Catholicism, oh my: Webb reviews Mouw

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(HT: John W. Morehead)On the Books & Culture website, Stephen H. Webb reviews Richard Mouw's latest book, Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals. Steve and Rich are both friends of mine. Here's how the review begins: Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, has two goals in this book. First, he wants evangelicals to stop demonizing Mormons. Second, he wants Mormons to be more Calvinist in their theology.With the first goal—which will certainly provoke di … [Read more...]

USU prof’s spiritual journey from Mormon scholar to Catholic convert

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This story, that recently appeared in the Salt Lake City Tribune, is about the spiritual journey of my friend, Richard Sherlock, a Utah State University professor of philosophy. Authored by Peggy Fletcher Stack, here's how it begins: Richard Sherlock is sitting in a majestic Roman cathedral and suddenly senses the Holy Spirit in a profoundly powerful way.It is a feeling, he reports, yet more than a feeling. An illumination. A hint of truth.This isn’t the first time the lifelong Mormon i … [Read more...]

When the Saint Goes Swearing: Mormonism and the Romney Candidacy

In 2007, I published an article at First Thing's On the Square, "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." It was a review essay of Hugh Hewitt's 2007 book, A Mormon in the White House? Given the scuttlebutt over comments made by the gentleman who introduced Governor Rick Perry at the Value Values Summit last year, the Rev. Robert Jeffress (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas), as well as the strange stuff emanating from MSNBC,  my First Things review essay has become relevant again. Here's an … [Read more...]

MSNBC’s Anti-Mormon Bigots

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A Thesis Nailed to the Regensburg Door

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That's the title of an article I just published in Sacred Tribes Journal 7.1 (Spring 2012). It is one of several articles in that issue dealing with the new book by my friend, Stephen H. Webb, Jesus Christ, Eternal God (Oxford University Press). Here's how my article begins (notes omitted): In his learned and provocative tome, Jesus Christ, Eternal God, Stephen H. Webb plows the soil of hallowed ground. He broaches a topic that most classical theists have considered a settled question for q … [Read more...]

Gingrich, Romney, and Evangelicals Follow-Up

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A post of mine from yesterday--Better to be an adulterer than a Mormon?: Evangelicals, Gingrich, and Romney--garnered the most hits in the history of this blog. In response to this entry, my dear friend Michael Bauman writes in the combox: All other things being equal, it’s better to be a forgiven Catholic — Gingrich, than a forgiven Mormon — Romney, especially when the Catholic is better informed, more experienced, more articulate, and has a better record of legislative achievement (not to ment … [Read more...]

Better to be an adulterer than a Mormon?: Evangelicals, Gingrich, and Romney

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(Update: You may be interested in the January 20, 2012 follow-up post--Gingrich, Romney, and Evangelicals Follow-Up--in which I respond to a critique of the entry below)On October 12-15, I had an amazing visit to Utah. I conducted a faculty workshop at Brigham Young University on abortion and personhood, and then gave a talk on my return to the Catholic Church. Both events were attended by faculty members from both the School of Law and the School of Religion. I also conducted a workshop in … [Read more...]

Ken Starr: Can I Vote For a Mormon?

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Judge Ken Starr, the President of Baylor University (where I am a tenured faculty member in the philosophy department), published a thoughtful essay in yesterday's Washington Post, "Can I Vote For a Mormon?" It begins this way: Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary looms large on the political horizon. In the midst of lively public debates over taxes, jobs, the national debt and similarly important questions related to the future vitality of our nation, a different kind of question continues to pr … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Why I’m Catholic: Philosopher Richard Sherlock

There is a wonderful new website, "Why I'm Catholic," or www.whyimcatholic.com. Among the many stories on this site is the one told by my friend, Richard Sherlock, Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. Richard, who was received into the Catholic Church just this past Easter Sunday (2011), is a convert from Mormonism. He begins the account of his journey in this way: One should never leave the religion in which one was born or raised for anything but the most serious of reasons. Warm f … [Read more...]


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