Random stuff on Mormonism, vol. II

Oops, I forgot about these other posts I was going to mention.

Greg at This Set Down, which name my English Lit class finally made me able to understand, links an interesting post: Are Mormons Arians? Like the author, I can see why someone would make that accusation, but my answer would be of course not. Mormons are Mormons. Parts of Mormon doctrine can be found in all kinds of traditions. Holding some form of the doctrine that the Son is created doesn’t make Mormons Arian any more than have sacraments makes Catholicism a mystery cult.

Rather than lumping Mormonism in with Arianism, an approach that’s useful is to isolate the similiarities, and then see what the Church had to say about the similar Arian doctrine, and see if it can be applied to Mormon doctrine too. Sometimes it can, sometimes not.

Anyway, thanks to Greg for the link. Mormon Metaphysics will definitely go on my blogroll.

Also, food for thought related to the recent “What’s Wrong With God-Making?” discussion: Pontifications has a couple of excerpts about deification.

My copy of From Death to Life by Cdl. Schonborn arrived today. Of course, darned if I can order a used book without throwing in a Sheed book or two – it was accompanied by Christ in Eclipse and God and the Human Condition vol. 1: God and the Human Mind. Whee!

5 Responses to “Random stuff on Mormonism, vol. II”

  1. Clark says:

    Thanks for the comments. I’d just note, in connection to the “What’s Wrong With God-Making” that the author is making some assumptions about Mormon ontology that I’m not sure are valid. i.e. mixing Mormon conceptions of man with Catholic conception of man. I think the LDS view of man is that we are dual creatures in a way similar to the two nature theology of Christ.

  2. Greg says:

    I agree with on the question of labelling Mormons as Arians. I also remember seeing a post explaining why Mormons aren’t properly Pelagians, but I can’t recall which blog that was. I hear that charge more than the Arian one, so it was an interesting post. If I find it I’ll send you the link.

  3. Brad says:

    Clark, very intriguing indeed. I look forward to reading more.

    Greg, don’t go to any extra trouble, but if you happen to find it, I’ll appreciate it.

  4. Clark says:

    The one about Pelegianism was my blog as well. While we’re closer to Pelegianism than Arianism, there still are some huge gaps. I think semi-Pelegianism is perhaps more accurate given how we view miracles and grace. However even there it is more a tendency rather than a strict similarity.

  5. Clark says:

    Just to add, the main problem with Pelagian/Mormon comparisons is that the Pelagius debate and the related debates thereafter rest upon a philosophical conception of “nature” and other terms that are simply alien to Mormon thinking which tends to be very much materialist and more partaking of a modernist bent in philosophy. Thus translating the very categories of the debate is difficult if not impossible.

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