Mormons and Modernism

The ceaseless smiling Mormon ads on Patheos have generated a fair bit of discussion on these blogs, and I have learned a good deal about this new religion. One of the details was the authorship of the Book of Abraham–one of the books in the Mormon scriptures. It’s a fascinating story. In 1830 or thereabouts [Read More…]

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The Problem with Primitivism

One of the basic assumptions of Protestantism is Primitivism. This is the idea that the Catholic Church became corrupt at some point and that the Reformers need to ‘restore’ the simple, primitive faith of the early Christians. Primitivist movements have been around since the beginning of the church, the Protestant Reformation threw up a good [Read More…]

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Jesus Christ’s Teaching for Today

Does truth of the Catholic faith matter, and what is more important, what you do or what you believe? This debate has come up in the comboxes on this blog in two different ways: The first is with a reader who is a Catholic but asserts that what is most important are the good works [Read More…]

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I Am Not a Mormon

From the combox I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not because of archaeology, or history, or linguistics, or any other secular discipline. I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ for the exact same reason that you are a member (and leader) of the Roman Catholic Church: because [Read More…]

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