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What Doctrines Are We Asking Mormons to Reconsider?

| September 19, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The editors of the excellent book, New Mormon Challenge, provide a nice summary of what doctrines Christians are asking Mormons to reconsider. There are many areas of commonality between Mormons and Christians, but there are also numerous, important areas of difference. Francis Beckwith, Carl Mosser, and Paul Owen ask for Mormons to […]

Do Biblical Texts Leave Room for the Mormon View of God?

| September 15, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Mormon scholars and apologists argue that there is significant ambiguity in the biblical texts when it comes to the nature of God. Because of this ambiguity, Mormon views on the nature of God are at least as likely to be true as non-Mormon views. After all, the Bible, according to Mormon […]

Is God a Creator or Just an Organizer?

| August 4, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In Christian theology, God created everything that exists out of nothing (ex nihilo), simply by speaking the universe into existence. When we turn to Mormon theology, we find a very different concept of creation. Mormons deny that God created the universe ex nihilo. What do they believe? According to the editors […]

Why Is the Polytheism of Mormonism False?

| February 4, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt One of the teachings of Mormonism is that God the Father is only one among a multitude of gods. While God the Father is creator and ruler of our world, there are other worlds where other Gods are creators, worlds with which our God the Father has nothing to do. In […]

How Did Mormonism Originate? Part 2

| July 30, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1, we reviewed Grant Palmer’s conclusions about the true origins of the Book of Mormon.  There are three more foundational experiences of Mormonism that Palmer analyzes: the first vision, the angel Moroni, and priesthood restoration.  Again, if you would like to read more about these experiences, pick up Palmer’s […]

How Did Mormonism Originate? Part 1

| July 25, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Fourth generation Mormon Grant Palmer collected a mountain of historical scholarship on the origins of Mormonism and wrote a book about it in 2002: An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins.  Palmer’s goal was to communicate to Mormon laypeople the progress that had been made over the previous 30 years toward an […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 4

| July 20, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In this final post in the series, we will review apologist Rob Bowman’s final thoughts on Joseph Smith’s golden plates.  Bowman writes: Whereas the resurrection of Jesus and his appearances were obviously miraculous, supernatural occurrences, there is nothing supernatural or miraculous about a set of metal plates with engravings on them. […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 3

| July 18, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 2, we continued looking at Rob Bowman’s online exposition of how the witnesses of Jesus’s resurrection and the witnesses of Joseph Smith’s golden plates compare to each other.  In part 3, we will compare the lives of the witnesses after their experiences of either the resurrection or the viewing of […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 2

| July 14, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1, we started looking at Rob Bowman’s online exposition of how the witnesses of Jesus’s resurrection and the witnesses of Joseph Smith’s golden plates compare to each other.  We pick up where we left off. Bowman next looks at the “contrast between the makeup of the collection of publicly […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 1

| July 13, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Mormons believe that their founder Joseph Smith was shown the location of some golden plates by an angel.  These plates, which were allegedly engraved in a language called Reformed Egyptian, were then translated by Smith into the Book of Mormon. What is interesting about these golden plates is that they are […]

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