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Chapter 7 – Mormon Apologetics – Fact or Fiction?

Michael R Ash, born a Mormon, is a retail manager in Utah and a ‘factotum’ for the Mormon apologist organisation FAIR. In a recent article in the unofficial online Mormon magazine Meridian, he addressed the question, Why do Some People Assail the Church? The article can be found here. It gives us an interesting insight into two factors concerning Mormon…read more →

Chapter 7 – Understanding Mormonism

M Russell Ballard is a Mormon apostle and chairman of the church’s Public Affairs Committee. In an experiment designed to test the viability of news conferences using internet technology, the church released a series of video clips in October 2007 in which he addressed some of the questions most frequently asked by the news media. In a statement on their…read more →

Does the Bible teach the existence of hell?

Does the Bible teach the existence of hell? There is a difference between the use of the Greek words Gehenna and Hades in the New Testament. We should also be aware that the Hebrew word Sheol is used in the Old Testament in the same way as Hades is in the New Testament. Hades, the region of departed spirits of…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 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 15 – Archaeology and the Book of Mormon – 2

A Mormon discussing evidence for the Book of Mormon posted the following on the Reachout Trust Forum. A closer look illustrates something I have long believed, i.e. language is an amazing tool that can open our minds or shut them down. It can direct us to fresh knowledge and understanding or misdirect us to conclusions that are misleading and wrong….read more →