Tag: Christianity

SW10017: The Return of the Antis: A Comparative Study of the Rhetoric of Early Christian and Mormon Polemicists

Since the days of antiquity, people have consulted Aristotle’s work, Rhetoric, and used its theories to overcome political enemies. Rhetorical scrutiny was directed particularly at new religious movements that paved new paths to Rod. Separated by nearly two millennia, early Christianity and Mormonism both struggled against a tide of polemicists’ criticisms. This presentation compares the …

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SW08007: SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM AS THE NEW PAGANISM

SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM AS THE NEW PAGANISM Terms such as ‘pagan’ and ‘heathen’ are used as (usually derogatory) labels for people adhering to older, non-normative, ‘superstitious’ beliefs (e. g., ‘witchcraft’). Originally, however, these were denigrations used to describe the unsophisticated country dwellers who had not yet accepted the tenets of Christianity then normative among city dwellers. …

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Looking Forward: Visions For the Future

Looking Forward: Visions For the Future The organization and unity of the LDS Church gives it incredible potential to tackle social problems in innovative and influential ways. Often it does so, trailblazing model approaches that inspire other organizations. Just as often, though, it can lag behind the innovations and ideas being implemented elsewhere. Conversant in …

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ARE MORMONS POLYTHEISTS?

ARE MORMONS POLYTHEISTS? A common feature of academic scholarship written on Mormonism has been to highlight its unique theology in which God the Father not only possesses a physical body but we, as his children, have the potential to progress and become as he is: Gods and Goddesses. Some of these scholars have used this …

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JOSEPH SMITH AND THE GNOSTIC RESTORATION – & – MY “POSSIBLE” CATEGORY: JOSEPH SMITH’S LESSER-KNOW WIVES?

The discovery of the Nag Hamada third-century Gnostic Library has awakened interest in this very early form of Christianity. My proposal is that if Joseph Smith restored true Christianity, then it should share many similarities with Gnosticism. Indeed, there are many strong parallels between these two theologies, starting with a shared sense that humans are …

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