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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 5 – Are Mormons Evangelical Christians?

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian denomination, wholly committed to the New Testament account of the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Saviour of mankind.” In connection with the Preston Temple open house in May the Mormon Church issued a ‘media pack.’ It paints a wholesome and attractive…read more →

Chapter 5 – Group Amnesia

On April 1, 2006 Elder Stephen Kerr, a native of Dundee was sustained as an Area Seventy in the Europe West Area of the Mormon Church. A fourth generation Mormon on his mother’s side, after serving a mission he went on to serve as stake president, counsellor to a stake president, branch president, mission president and counsellor in the presidency…read more →

Chapter 5 – Polygamy & Polyandry

2006/7 was the year of polygamy for Mormonism. Warren Jeffs, the charismatic leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), was finally captured on Monday 28 August 2006 in Las Vegas with his brother and one of his many wives. Jeffs had been on the run since May 2004 after being charged with sexual misconduct for…read more →

Chapter 6 – Does God Speak Today?

The problem was simple yet profound. How do I make sense of life? I remember thinking, “Is this it?” In the words of one of my favourite films, “Is this ‘as good as it gets’?” The Mormon answer seemed profound yet simple – “God speaks today!” Of course, with benefit of hindsight I can identify myriad problems with the Mormon…read more →

Chapter 7 – By Irrational Means

Is Faith Irrational or is Revelation Rational? Are Evangelicals ‘Anti-Mormon’, are Mormons anti-evangelical? I gained a valuable and interesting insight into the thought processes of a Mormon as he considers the relationship between Scripture and the Spirit. A correspondent wrote of the importance of the Spirit in gaining knowledge of the truth. Arguing from 1 Thessalonians 1:5, he insisted that…read more →

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 →

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 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 →

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