Is Mormonism Christian? A Baptist Theologian Analyzes Stephen E. Robinson’s Arguments for Accepting Mormonism as Christian -- By: Robert B. Stewart
Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 01:1 (Spring 2003)
Article: Is Mormonism Christian? A Baptist Theologian Analyzes Stephen E. Robinson’s Arguments for Accepting Mormonism as Christian
Author: Robert B. Stewart
JBTM 1:1 (Spring 2003) p. 101
Is Mormonism Christian? A Baptist Theologian Analyzes Stephen E. Robinson’s Arguments for Accepting Mormonism as Christian1
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA
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Wide the Divide? four issues are addressed by both authors: (1) Scripture; (2) God and Deification; (3) Christ and Trinity; and (4) Salvation. Each author writes a section on each topic summarizing his respective position and then discusses his misgivings with the doctrinal positions of the group the other represents.5 At the end of each section, there is a joint conclusion stating areas of agreement and disagreement. The authors wrote separate introductions but the final conclusion was a joint effort. So far as this writer knows, How Wide the Divide? is the first effort of its kind involving a Mormon and an evangelical scholar.
Despite the differences in style between the two books, certain arguments overlap and are present in each. Robinson’s basic contention throughout both books is that Mormonism is Christian. This paper will seek to delineate some of the problems with Robinson’s arguments.
Robinson’s arguments can be divided into two categories: (1) formal arguments; and (2) material arguments. These will be evaluated in order.
There are two formal moves that Robinson makes in each book: (1) he seeks to distance “official Mormonism” from the “non-official” statements of past Mormon leaders; and (2) he seeks to represent the creeds of the church as pagan philosophical impositions upon biblical
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