Friday, June 01, 2007

More on Mormons

Several weeks ago, two customers asked me for a book recommendation for their uncle. They were Christians, but uncle was getting baptized in the Mormon church. I of course assumed that they wanted some appropriate anti-Mormon literature that might coax their wayward family member back into the fold. I was a little confused when they said they had called LifeWay, and were told that since it was a Baptist bookstore, they wouldn't have any Mormon materials.

"That's very odd," said I. "If there's any bookstore in the region that's going to carry anti-Mormon apologetics, it's going to be LifeWay!"

Whoops. They wanted LDS literature: some kind of Mormon version of what you'd give a Christian upon baptism or confirmation. I apologized for my misunderstanding and said that he probably already had a Book of Mormon, and the only other thing of interest we had would be the new biography of Joseph Smith - which is surely not LDS-sanctioned. We didn't carry the LDS version of the Bible, either, and we had now established they would not be interested in a copy of Kingdom of the Cults.

My customer said that his family had been converted three years ago at the local evangelical megachurch, and only heard them mention Mormonism once, and that's when a teaching pastor said that they weren't Christians. The gentleman said that didn't seem a very kind thing, to talk about other religions that way.

That afternoon I got a call from Josh Hearne about a radio program he'd just heard; there was some discussion on how it was bizarre that Evangelical Christians consider Mormons not to be: they certainly "seemed Christian enough." Oh, boy. I wrote a post questioning this "cult" appellation, and asked Josh to write one on this niceness deal. That essay is below.

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-mike- said...

Hmmmm... I am not against statistics or quotes but they are, after all, not the most accurate way to discover the truth about a subject (as many pro-bush folks are quick to point out...)

These statements are good and all but I often see nearly the same things (aside from the statements on the Trinity) from fundamental baptists. And if any of you know anything about these particular religious climates, the two don't play well together.

I'm sure Kyle will have a thing or two to say on this so I won't say too much. I just find it more and more fascinating how similar LDS folks and independent baptists are.

(read the Fathers)

Kyle said...

Yawn. All non-starters. I suppose I wouldn't have much of a problem entertaining a Mormon apologist, but drive-by cut and paste apologetics isn't interesting to me in the slightest.

Don't do it again.

Cheers.

Kyle said...

I decided to delete the above because it was a page long article pasted from another source (a tract?) that wasn't relevant to any part of a discussion that was going on here. As you probably guessed...