Thursday, December 29, 2011

BLOG UPDATE: DECEMBER 2011


New Project: Sunday School Apologetics

            We are currently on the verge of a New Year, and New Years always seem to bring changes. One thing that this New Year brings is the first year, since I’ve been home from my mission and been exploring LDS scholarship and apologetics, that we have studied the Book of Mormon for Sunday School. As such, I have decided to start a project called Sunday School Apologetics, where I’ll be discussing scholarly and apologetic topics and themes in the context of the weekly Gospel Doctrine lessons. I’ve set up a separate blog for the project, and you can learn more about there. I’ll be teaming up with Stephen Smoot, who has already made some fine contributions. Due to the template I am using, you can’t “follow” that blog, so I may provides links to that blog here each here, so that followers can…well, follow! The first weeks lesson is already up! 

            I still hope to make use of this blog, but Sunday School Apologetics will be a demanding project on a weekly basis, and I will admit it will generally be my number one priority when it comes apologetic projects throughout this next year.

New Page: Are Mormons Christians?

            Having just culminated my five part series on this question, I decided it was time to create a page on this issue which would provide quick and easy access to that series as well as other posts I have done in the past on the Christian question. As with my Reviews/Responses page, when anything new related to that topic is added here, a link to it will be added to that page. Feel free to check it out.
            I’ve enjoyed this, my first full year of blogging, and look forward to continue to provide (what are hopefully) new and instating insights into LDS scholarship and apologetics. Thank you to everyone (anyone?) out there who has taken the time to read and promote the dabbling I do here. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FINAL THOUGHTS ON WHY I BELIEVE MORMONS ARE CHRISTIANS: THE IMPLICATIONS OF MY FIVE REASONS


            I have presented five of the many reasons that could be given as to why I feel Latter-day Saints are Christians. I have focused on ways in which Latter-day Saints honor, respect, and reverence Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I have tried to show how these beliefs and practices are consistent with New Testament Christianity. Of course, I am not arguing that if a person is not a member of a church called after Jesus Christ, or if they don’t make formal covenants in Christ name, or if they don’t follow prophets who testify of Christ they are not a Christian. I realize there are plenty of Christians who do none of those things. Rather I am arguing that people who do those things are Christians. Many Christians are no doubt members of churches that are not explicitly named after Christ, or not even members of a church at all. Many Christians do not make formal covenants of any kind, don’t believe in prophets today, or new scripture. Many Christians may not agree with the precise content of the LDS covenant, or the method by which it is made, or the details of LDS unique scripture. But none of that is my point. To effectively illustrate my point, consider the following questions:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FIVE REASONS WHY I BELIEVE MORMONS ARE CHRISTIANS – PART 5: JESUS CHRIST AS THE ONLY MEANS OF SALVATION


     I am sure I do not need to validate this claim through the New Testament, as no Christian would really question that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to salvation. Indeed, the very essence of Christianity is the message of hope and salvation – the “good news” – through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. At this point, I should hope that it is already apparent that this is what the Latter-day Saints believe. Nonetheless, to be sure I am as clear as possible, allow me to elaborate on this point a little bit.

Friday, December 9, 2011

FIVE REASONS WHY I BELIEVE MORMONS ARE CHRISTIANS – PART 4: LDS PROPHETS AND APOSTLES TESTIFY OF CHRIST


            In addition to the testimony of Christ found canonized LDS scripture, the prophets and apostles of the LDS Church have testified of Christ since days of Joseph Smith.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

FIVE REASONS WHY I BELIEVE MORMONS ARE CHRISTIANS – PART 3: LDS SCRIPTURE TESTIFIES OF CHRIST


            It is, to me, perhaps one of the greatest ironies that all the extra scripture Mormons have added to their cannon is one of the principal arguments against their status as Christians, when, in fact, the content of those scriptures is one of the very best evidences for their Christian status.