Who says Mormons are Christians

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According to the Public Religion Research Institute, a majority (57 percent) of white evangelicals and a plurality of black Protestants (43 percent) do not think that Mormons are Christians. Majorities and pluralities of all other groups (PRRI doesn’t break them out) are prepared to accept Mormons’ own self-identification as Christians. I assume this includes Jews, and for good reason.

Mormons believe in the divinity of Christ, and believe that Jesus’s Atonement is necessary for salvation. These doctrines put them into the Christian camp, so far as Jews are concerned. Just like, say, Oneness Pentecostals, who also fall outside the bounds of traditional Trinitarianism but who yield to no one in their estimate of Christ’s divinity. By contrast, Unitarians, by not accepting that divinity, operate for Jews in the non-Christian world, so much so that, over the years, many Jews have felt comfortable joining Unitarian congregations. Sort of like Buddhism.

  • Honestly

    Heck, if Christ were here today with his strict teachings on salvation by sacrifice and obedience to his Fathers commandments, most churches would not think he was Christian either.
    The Christian churches of today have fallen to where they are a far cry from the ancient church that was led by revelation to apostles and required it’s members to live communally and give all that they had to the church (see Acts 4:32 thru Acts 5:10). Not only are people unwilling to lift a finger for their own salvation, but even their ministers have to be paid.

  • sherkat

    Of course, by the inclusive logic Christianity and Islam are just errant versions of Judaism. Formal sociological classification places a group out of the Christian camp if they reject the divinity of Jesus. But, adding revelations on how one obtains supernatural rewards and compensators to the belief in the basic canon is a cult movement, which is now too old to call a cult. Instead, LDS of all types (reformed, fundy, regular) are part of a new tradition. Mormons aren’t Christians, from the neutral outside observer perspective (and I guess the fundies finally got something right).

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