Posts Tagged "Latter-day Saints"

The Mormon Godhead and ‘Modern Revelation’

Mormonism is a ‘restorationist’ religion with its own peculiar dispensationalist model. It is, therefore, in the nature of Mormon thinking to consider the ‘modern revelation’ of their latter-day prophets as most relevant to our day and age, giving insights for the latest dispensation. From the Bible Code to the Davinci Code, from James Frazer to Von Daniken and Colin Wilson,…read more →

Is the Mormon Testimony Redundant?

Gone Are The Days In an article in the December 2016 Ensign magazine, Mormon apostle Elder Russell M Ballard wrote: ‘As Church education moves forward in the 21st century, our educators need to consider any changes they should make in the way they prepare to teach, how they teach, and what they teach if they are to build unwavering faith…read more →

Mormonism and Dog-Whistle Theology

The Mormon Church has a history of dismissing established truth in order to establish its own. What has history made of the Bible, and how does Mormonism’s attitude compare? ‘I have taught you nothing but God’s holy word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s holy book I have come hither to seal with my blood’ (Rowland Taylor, to…read more →

LDS General Conference October 2016: Only Believe

As we listen in on the 2016 semi-annual General Conference of the Mormon Church we remember how Mormons sound like us but believe very differently. When you are listening in on a group to which you don’t belong it is important you hear what group members hear. The temptation is to import the language of their world into your own,…read more →

Adam God: Was the Mormon God Adam?

We have looked at how the Mormon concept of God has moved from modalism through henotheism to the deliberately vague idea of God in modern Mormonism. In the King Follett Discourse Joseph Smith famously preached that ‘God became God.’ Here we look at how Brigham Young carried forward this idea with the Adam/God doctrine. The Mormon Church refers today to…read more →

The Mormon God

The Mormon God has evolved with the thinking of Mormon leaders. The Book of Mormon, the earliest Mormon text, insists there is one God. In a discussion between two characters named Amulek and Zeezrom we read: ‘And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God? And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living…read more →

LDS Temple Baptism for the Dead

Only Latter-day Saints baptize living people on behalf of the dead. The LDS maintain that temple baptism for the dead is endorsed by the Scriptures and was part of the original Christian faith as established two thousand years ago. However, a study of Christian antiquities reveals that baptism for the dead was not practised by the first followers of Jesus,…read more →

Book of Mormon Evidence

From time to time Mormons come up with what they regard as ‘substantive’ evidence for the Book of Mormon. When ministries inevitably challenge and refute that evidence, Mormons insist that someone can only know the Book of Mormon is true by sincere prayer, citing Moroni’s promise from the end of the book: ‘And when ye shall receive these things, I…read more →

Mormon General Conference, April 2016 Sunday PM

I am part of a team put together by Bobby Gilpin over at Mormonism Investigated to comment on Mormon General Conference. This is my contribution to what is becoming a useful bi-annual project covering the whole of both Mormon conferences. It originally appeared on Bobby’s website. The Mormon Hope? The stand out talk in this session of the Mormon General Conference was…read more →

Mormon Temples: Restored?

  The Mormon Church, on April 3rd, announced four new temples, bringing to 150 dedicated temples with 27 more in the pipeline. These temples are costly to build and maintain and demand of Mormons a level of commitment that is exceptional, both in proving worthy to attend and in the sacrifices involved in attending; travel, financial sacrifice, time commitment and physical…read more →

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