Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation by Stephen H. Webb, Alonzo L. Gaskill

By Stephen H. Webb, Alonzo L. Gaskill

What may possibly Roman Catholicism and Mormonism potentially need to research from one another? at the floor, they appear to diverge on approximately each aspect, from their liturgical varieties to their knowing of background. With its historic roots, Catholicism is a continual culture, dedicated to the conservation of the creeds, whereas Mormonism teaches that the panorama of Christian background is riddled with blunders and apostasy and short of radical revision and non secular therapeutic. also, winning proselyting efforts by means of Mormons in previously Catholic strongholds have elevated possibilities for false impression, polemic, and prejudice among the 2 faiths. despite the fact that, as established during this specified and lively discussion among theologians, one a convert to Catholicism and the opposite a convert to Mormonism, those traditions are a lot in the direction of one another than many think, together with of their therapy of relevant doctrines reminiscent of authority, grace, Jesus, Mary, and revelation.Both Catholicism and Mormonism have ambitiously common perspectives of the Christian religion, and readers could be shocked by means of how shut Catholics and Mormons are on a few issues and the way those traditions, probed to their depths, make clear one another in attention-grabbing and unforeseen methods. Catholic and Mormon is a call for participation to the reader to have interaction in a dialogue that makes figuring out the aim, and marks a starting for a discussion that would develop into more and more very important within the years yet to come.

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Why not? Has Catholicism gone too far in severing the connection between church authority and religious visionaries? Where have all the prophets gone in the Catholic Church? ” It is an incredibly relevant chapter for this dialogue. He notes the high standing of prophets in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 14:1–5), but also insists that they were distinguished from 34 Ca t hol ic a nd Mor mon and ranked beneath the Apostles (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 2:20, 3:5, 4:11). Early Christian prophets, Dulles argues, were not official witnesses of the risen Christ.

I many ways, Catholics today seem more Protestant on this topic than they did prior to 1965. However, as recently as last month I had an interaction with a nondenominational Christian who indicated to me that he could not interact ecumenically with Catholics or Mormons because both of those traditions did not place their trust in Christ, but rely upon their own merits for salvation. ” he said. While I will leave it to Stephen to explain the Catholic view on this matter, suffice it to say, I believe that most Mormons and Catholics would take issue with Luther’s view of texts like the Epistle of James.

They look back in order to have the widest possible horizon of what the future of Christianity can be. What also sets them apart from other restorationist movements is that they do not just look back at the Bible. The restorationist church I grew up in was fundamentally Biblicist. Everything had to come from the Bible and only the Bible. Of course, we lived in a world that had all sorts of theological positions and practices not found in the Bible, which kept us busy trying to show that everything we believed had biblical precedent.

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