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  •  If Mormons worshipped another (0+ / 0-)

    God, say the nephew of Jesus, Jimbo, then then they might rightfully be called Jimboists. But they don't worship any others. What other deity would you put them under?

    Since "Christian" is a collection of different groups, it can't be defined from within. Many, of course, have claimed to-- by excluding believers in saints, Unitarians, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc. Drawing the line at Nicea is just as arbitrary. While Mormons rightfully can't be called Methodist or Episcopalian, they do worship Jesus Christ alone no matter what they have added about him. To try to exclude them from Christianity is engaging in a no true Scotsman argument.

    •  Jews and Muslims worship the same god too (0+ / 0-)

      Does that make them Christian?  Nicea drew the canonical line, but fifteen subsequent centuries of practice ratified it, so it's hardly "arbitrary."  Joseph Smith isn't considered a saint by Mormons, but a prophet, which is an entirely different theological category.  They take up a whole new Holy Book, and their view of the afterlife and of the whole God-on-Kolob thing is decidedly outside anything that could be considered the Christian mainstream.  

      The amendments to previous Christian practice Mormons make are analogous to those Christians made in Judaism.  That's what makes it a different religion, to my mind.  Claiming otherwise requires better arguments than those you've presented.

      For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

      by Dallasdoc on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 07:07:22 AM PST

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