Gold Plated Mormon

Chapter 8 – The Adam/God Doctrine

This peculiar teaching from early Mormonism is routinely referred to today by the Mormons as the Adam/God theory as if it is some vague idea that is easily misunderstood and maliciously misrepresented by opponents of the Mormon Church. It was, however, a doctrine of the church for many years and taught by more than one prophet. The key to understanding…read more →

Chapter 8 – The Godhead

The Mormon prophet Gordon B Hinckley once said: “As a church we have critics, many of them. They say we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. There is some substance to what they say” (Ensign, May 2002, p.90) It is not often that we find such candour coming from a Mormon when challenged on their beliefs about…read more →

Chapter 9 – Special Witnesses of Christ

The April 2001 Mormon Ensign magazine carried a special feature containing the text from a video presentation, Special Witnesses of Christ, broadcast by the leaders of the Mormon Church during their annual convention. The text can be found in the online edition of the April Ensign. From carefully selected locations Mormon leaders spoke of various aspects of their faith. It…read more →

Chapter 12 – Mormon vs. Christian Salvation

Mormonism teaches that righteousness can be attained through human effort. Many will perhaps be aware of their “scripture” which states that “by grace we are saved, after all we can do” (BOM 2 Nephi 25:23). The implication of this text is more fully understood against the background of their third article of faith: “We believe that through the Atonement of…read more →

Chapter 12 – Mormonism and Judgement

Mormons will argue that it is reasonable to expect Joseph Smith to have a role in the Judgement since several Bible texts refer to apostles, as well as the saints in general, judging. The references they use are Matthew 19:27-28; Luke 22:29-30; 1 Cor.6:1-3; Rev.20:4. From this “Biblical evidence” they argue their case for Joseph Smith having authority delegated to…read more →

Chapter 15 – Archaeology and the Book of Mormon

The Bible and Book of Mormon in History The Bible is unique among the holy books of the world inasmuch as it is not simply a collection of myths, principles and commands but tells about God’s dealings with real people, in the real world and in real time. From Abraham to Moses, from Moses to David and Solomon and from…read more →

Chapter 15 – Book of Mormon Scholarship

The first time we meet Mormonism we usually encounter the Book of Mormon, “a volume of holy Scripture comparable to the Bible” (BOM Introduction). The eighth article of faith of the Mormon Church tells us the comparative worth placed on the Bible and the Book of Mormon. “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as…read more →

Chapter 15 – Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

Chiasmus is “a figure of speech by which the order of the words in the first of two parallel clauses is reversed in the second” (Oxford Companion to English Literature, 1985 ed.). One way of identifying a chiastic quote is to mark the repeated words or phrases with the letters ABBA. To illustrate, one of the most familiar examples of…read more →

Chapter 15 – Fullness of the Gospel

Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (see History of the Church 4:461). Twice in the Doctrine and Covenants we read that the fulness of the…read more →

Chapter 15 – The Mormon Bible

It is not uncommon for people to believe that the Mormons have their own Bible. Usually people have in mind the Book of Mormon when they refer to the “Mormon Bible”, either because they feel that the Book of Mormon replaces the Bible (a moot point in any discussion with a Mormon), or because they can’t remember that it is…read more →

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