Monday, October 08, 2007

"We are too Christians!" Part II

(From the MyFox Utah site.)


Church Leaders Address Christian Controversy

SALT LAKE CITY -- LDS church leaders addressed an ever-growing controversy during the 177th Semi-Annual General Conference on Sunday. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in Jesus Christ, but some conservative Christians have spoken against calling the LDS faith a "Christian" faith. Much of the controversy revolves around the differences between deities in Mormonism and conservative Christianity. Mormons believe God is a separate, physical being; conservative Christians believe God is a spirit with three natures." They were not imaginary beings, they were beings tabernacled in flesh, and out of that has come our unique and true understanding of deity," said LDS church President Gordon B. Hinckley. The comments come as much of the country, including Republican evangelicals, focus on the Mormonism of presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


I can only echo what my friend James Snow who sent this to me said, "Are there NO fact checkers in news rooms?"

(Related to this, one of my parishioners told me that a Mormon neighbor of hers explain that the reason they are Christian is because the name Jesus Christ is in the title of their Church. Hmmm, I want to be a dragon. I will add dragon to my name and that will make me one!)

Addition: Here is the letter James sent correcting the errant news anchor:

The news story about the LDS conference horribly botched the traditional definition of the Trinity. Additionally, President Hinckley's remarks are an intellectually dishonest and ridiculous caricature more suitably found in a histrionic polemic than a prime time television newscast. If he studied the creeds and doctrines as claimed with honest inquiry and examination, then he would know better than refer to them as imaginary beings: One (Being, Essence, Nature); Three Persons. As to his claim that the Creeds are too much for him to comprehend, I would remind him that "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

"Much of the controversy revolves around the differences between deities in Mormonism and conservative Christianity. Mormons believe God is a separate, physical being; conservative Christians believe God is a spirit with three natures. [Incorrect, this would signify modalism.]
"They were not imaginary beings, they were beings tabernacled in flesh, and out of that has come our unique and true understanding of deity," said LDS church President Gordon B. Hinckley."

First of all, liberal or conservative Christians may be found to profess the Nicene Creed. The usual adjective would be historic, orthodox, credal, or even Trinitarian. A useful soundbite of comparison would be that the Mormon believes the Godhead has three separate beings and three distinct persons while the historic Christian believes God is three distinct but not separate persons.


Another addition:

Check out Deacon Scott's post on this topic.
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