This column draws on contents from the forthcoming book Are Christians Mormon? by David L. Paulsen and Hal R. Boyd, published by Routledge press.
Outsiders have often asked whether Mormons are Christian.
Given contemporary trends in Christian theology, however, it’s now worth asking, albeit half-humorously, whether Christians are Mormon.
Since the beginning of the LDS Church, Christendom’s catechists have largely dismissed LDS teachings as heretical. Yet in recent decades, Christians of all stripes have espoused — on both biblical and philosophical grounds — theological positions that were once considered distinctly Mormon.
Doctrines such as spiritual gifts, a social view of the Godhead, deification, post-mortal evangelization, divine embodiment and continuing revelation are just a few of the teachings once thought anathema that are now championed by an ever-expanding coterie of Christian thinkers.