Repeat: The Mormonism Discussion Was Closed Yesterday (June 17)

Please note that I closed the discussion of Mormonism yesterday. The response to my and Robert Millett's essays were so voluminous and lengthy that I simply do not have time to moderate that discussion anymore. I think virtually everything that can be said was said by someone. If you are interested in the subject, read the books I recommended in my initial post about Mormonism and Christianity. If you attempt to comment here about Mormonism you will be wasting your time. I will not approve such … [Read more...]

Shallow Religious Fads and Fashions

Shallow Religious Fads and FashionsLooking back over my life among American evangelical Christians I am conscious of a pattern among us. We tend to form “tribes” identifiable by clothes, hair, mannerisms, even glasses. I count myself a fairly keen observer of this pattern and I alternate between laughing and crying over it.The other evening my wife and I were watching one of our favorite television programs called “House Hunters International” (on the HGTV channel). I like to watch it to … [Read more...]

Robert (Bob) Millett Gets the Final Word (for Now)…

Below is a message I received from Bob Millett about my blog posts about Mormonism and Christianity. I will let him have the final word in this discussion (for now). Please do not post a comment in response to this or my recent posts about Mormonism. This blog needs to move on to other subjects. Consider the discussion closed (for now) with this response by Millett.  Dear Roger:A few days ago one of my colleagues forwarded to me your article on Mormonism. I appreciated … [Read more...]

What I Learned from the Responses to My Post about Mormonism

What I Learned from the Responses to my Post about MormonismThere were almost 200 responses to my blog post titled “Is Mormonism Christian?” I approved about half of them. Many were simply off topic, uncivil or too long for posting here. This blog is for civil, respectful, constructive dialogue, not preaching, flaming or advocacy.Many of the comments were by people claiming to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I usually gave them the benefit of the doubt. In a … [Read more...]

A Plea for Patience

Due to the overwhelming number of responses to my posts about Mormonism I am having to moderate the discussion in several sessions over two days. Please be patient while I work through the comments and respond to some of them.  Today (Sunday, June 14) is a very busy day for me and I will not be able to finish moderation until tomorrow or Tuesday.In the meantime, please be aware of and follow these guidelines:Please do not post more than one response/comment per day;Please do not … [Read more...]

Follow Up to My Post about Mormonism

I encourage everyone interested in contemporary Mormonism and its relationship with Christianity to read (on line) the following: "President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: 'The Gift of Grace'" Deseret News/LDS Church News April 5, 2015. Google for it.I take it this sermon is a correction to Mormons who over emphasize works at the expense of grace and salvation as gift--and to critics who think all Mormons believe salvation must be earned.Now, maybe Mormon leaders have always believed what Uchtdorf … [Read more...]

Is Mormonism Christian? (Long But Everyone Interested in Mormonism Should Read This)

Is Mormonism Christian?If you expect a simple, black-and-white answer to the question “Is Mormonism Christian?” you’ll be disappointed. I’m not going to offer that here. I will, however, offer my opinion about whether the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints is a Christian church. “Mormonism,” however, is less a clear and distinct idea than “the LDS Church.” The LDS Church is an organization with spokesmen and at least somewhat authoritative statements. Mormonism, however, is a bit … [Read more...]