Posts Tagged "Doug Harris"

Do alternative medicines have a scientific basis?

Do alternative medicines have a scientific basis? Whilst there is no doubt that many surgeons, physicians and healers in ancient days practised a great mixture of occultism, witchcraft, sorcery and divination, there were unquestionably some elements of value in the methods and medicaments they used if one can exclude all the occultic paraphernalia that went with them. The product of…read more →

Chapter 4 – Joseph Smith and Sensational Dispensationalism

Sensational Dispensationalism To Mormons God is an exalted man who became God by obeying his God, and men can become gods. To a Christian God is sublimely different, “other” than us, whose ways are higher than ours as the heavens are higher than the earth (Isaiah 55:8), different in quality. To a Mormon God differs from us only in that…read more →

Chapter 4 – Joseph Smith His story

December 23 2005 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith. We were promised many events, publications, and eulogies to mark this historic event in Mormon history. The January 2005 Ensign Magazine kicked us off with some excellent art work focused on the events in the Sacred Grove and a helpful timeline over four pages showing “Doctrine and…read more →

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 – The Book of Mormon in the Bible

Is the Book of Mormon Prophesied in the Bible? Two Sticks There are two places where Mormons claim the Bible speaks about the Book of Mormon. Perhaps the most popular text used to back up their claim is Ezekiel 37:16-17 which reads in the King James Bible: 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon…read more →