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...]

“Men Adrift” and “The Weaker Sex”–Finally The Economist Agrees with Me!

“Men Adrift” and “The Weaker Sex”—Finally The Economist Agrees with Me!One of the reasons I reluctantly agreed to begin this blog (pushed into it by a good friend) was to have a public space to express my frustrations about the “decline of men” (and especially of boys) in American society and the reluctance of society to acknowledge it and shoulder some responsibility for it—and begin to do something about it.I have for a very long time written letters to newspaper editors about the probl … [Read more...]

Follow Up to My Post about Marriage

This is an addendum to my immediately preceding post regarding marriage.Many people apparently did not grasp the whole proposal--especially people who said my proposal is already the case.Every church I know fully recognizes as covenant marriage (marriage of two people in God's sight) what I am calling civil unions performed by government officials (e.g., justices of the peace). Every church I know still requires a civil marriage license to perform covenant marriages. This may not be … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts (and a Proposal) about the Religion and Marriage Issue

Some Thoughts (and a Proposal) about the Religion and Marriage IssueIt seems to me the next step in separation of church and state is one religious organizations should take. They should be proactive. Take the proverbial ball into their own court and decide and announce, very publically, that only they will decide for themselves who is and who is not married. This is the natural parallel with religious organizations alone deciding who is and who is not ordained.In “old Europe” gov … [Read more...]

The Absurdity of “Higher Criticism” of the Gospels…

The Absurdity of “Higher Criticism” of the Gospels as Illustrated in a NovelBefore anything else, let me say that I do not reject all “biblical criticism.” In fact, in one sense, “criticism” simply means “scholarly study” of something. “Literary criticism” is the scholarly study of literature. In other words, the very mention of “critical study of Scripture” is signifies nothing bad. There are various types and approaches to biblical criticism; not all of them are negative or destructive of t … [Read more...]

Arminius’s Reformed Doctrine of Justification

Arminius’s Reformed Doctrine of JustificationThis should be read ONLY in light of my previous post here “Arminian Doctrine of Justification Again Disputed” (May 28, 2015). There I expressed dismay at the continuing Reformed misrepresentation of Arminius’s and classical Arminians’ doctrine of justification—as closer to a Catholic understanding than to a classical Protestant and Reformed doctrine.Some commenters have responded to my blog post by asking whether Arminius himself believed in t … [Read more...]