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In interreligious discussions, it is vital that we understand each other (cf. Prov. 18:13). When evangelicals say that Mormons are not Christians, they simply mean that Mormons do not adhere to the essentials of the Christian faith as evangelicals understand them. When Mormons say that they are Christians, they simply mean that they disagree with the evangelical criteria for what constitutes acceptable, authentic, genuine Christian faith. Evangelicals are not necessarily being mean-spirited when they say that Mormons are not Christians (although some evangelicals may in fact be mean-spirited in the way they say it). Mormons are not necessarily being duplicitous when they claim to be Christians (although some Mormons may in fact be duplicitous in the way they present this claim). Eliminating these generally unjustified, prejudicial misunderstandings of what each other is saying would help clear the air and allow meaningful, constructive discussion of our differences to go forward. It’s a step.
This is a conversation between Evangelical Christians and Latter Day Saints. We discuss our differences so that we might find common ground. The purpose of this blog is not for Evangelicals to try and convert Mormons, nor for Mormons to convert Evangelicals. Attacks on the history of the LDS church or the life and character of Joseph Smith, although many may find interesting, will not be the focus of this blog.
The blog was started by Tim(Dando), an Evangelical Christian, and C.John an active Latter Day Saint. C. John has since dropped out of the conversation and no committed LDS has been found to replace him as a co-author. A few other LDS have authored several posting and many others actively comment. The opinions of all who participate should be considered their own, and not necessarily representational of all in their respective faith traditions.
To read a summation of Tim’s exposure to the LDS faith, read the “Me & Mormons” series found here.
To read Tim’s take on whether or not Mormons are Christians click here.
Mormons often complain that if people want to learn about Mormonism, they need to talk to a Mormon. When Christians attempt to define Mormonism through the writings of its prophets, teaching manuals and other Mormon sources, Mormons reply with the objection that the sources used are not official. This video addresses the frustration that can occur when trying to officially nail down official Mormon doctrine.
The LDS church claims 14 million members worldwide -- optimistically including nearly every person baptized. But census data from some foreign countries targeted by clean-cut young missionaries show that the retention rate for their converts is as low as 25 percent. In the U.S., only about half of Mormons are active members of the church, said Washington State University emeritus sociologist Armand Mauss, a leading researcher on Mormons.
Sociologists estimate there are as few as 5 million active members worldwide.
See also: Retention of new members challenge for LDS Church, Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 17, 2005
Personal testimonies are a powerful way to share what Jesus Christ has done in your life. They are also an especially important part of religious communication in Mormon culture. If you are an ex-Mormon who has come to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we would love to consider including your testimony on ExMormonsTestify.com.
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