Parliament of World Religions convenes in Mormon country — at last

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People walk past Salt Lake temple as they arrive to attend the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 5, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The selection of this city for one of the largest interfaith meetings in the world is no coincidence, but a clear sign that both the Parliament of the World's Religions and the LDS church have evolved.

  • Niko

    Although I can appreciate the distance the Mormon chuch may have covered to be able to host this event, I do not think it has an answer to the challenges that humanity is facing today. That is something that requires a New Revelation, a New Message from God, a new communication from God. And I am glad that the New Message from God is represented in this year’s Parliament!

  • Ed

    Uh, no, Niko, no. Many of the problems that the world faces today, particularly violent strife, are directly the result of belief in a god. You are looking in the wrong places for answers.

  • Alex

    @Niko in my understanding “the absolute” can’t be confined in an religion, ideology or theology. I hope world religions have the guts to give up what is the most precious to them for the sake of real and true unity. On that base a new revelation or new message can be accepted.

  • David

    Community of Christ is a Christian denomination presided over by a prophet-president. We believe in continuing revelation, and new revelations are presented every few years. These modern revelations cover such issues as the need to protect the environment, social issues such as gay marriage (which we accept), encouragement to tackle world problems, and various other things. Its a refreshing approach to the question “does God still speak to us?”

  • hoffbegone

    Ed, to be accurate, it should be stated:

    Many of the problems that the world faces today, particularly violent strife, are directly the result of the existence of human beings.

    For example, Stalin was an atheist. Has nothing to do with a god.

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  • Ed

    My comment was accurate as stated.

    And Stalin’s terrible actions were not due to any dictate of atheism. They were more in line with those of a theocracy, with Stalin as self-appointed deity.

  • Kay Dasu

    Buddhism has long been represented at the Parliaments of Religion. Buddhists are atheists so its not the first time non-belivers have been made it truly interfaith. The humanists are a great addition but not the first atheists to participate in the Parliaments.

  • Bernardo

    Why the Mormon Church is a business cult (and one wonders why this bit of information is continually deleted when said business is detailed at : lds-mormon.com/time.shtml (A Time Magazine review).

  • Sasha Bill Kwapinski

    So the LDS Church is big, wealthy, and somehow sinister. This is the same worn out canard that has been thrown at Jews for centuries. (Protocols of the Elders of Zion, anyone?)

  • Almighty God speaks every time one searches the Scriptures,David…I wasn’t aware that He had stopped speaking.

  • Bernardo

    A business cult fronting as a religion is indeed the apt description of Mormonism. And said religion itself is also riddled with flaws and fantasies to include its founder Joseph Smith and his mythical connection to heaven, the horn-blowing Mo-roni whose golden-glow statues adorns all the ornate temples of said business cult. Of course, Joe saw the success that the mythical Gabriel had with Christianity and Islam and simply followed their lead.

  • Ty

    Bernardo… With that much hate all pent up and hell bent on mormons you don’t have an ax to grind do you? Go forth in peace my friend and take a deep breathe stress free. Whew!

  • Ty

    How was your religion founded? Do you following a doctrinal book? Are you Christian? What does your church do for the world? Do you accept Christ? Where does the authority of your prophet come from? Thanks

  • Ty

    Religion is not created to handle the challenges of humanity. God is not a politician & man created religion. The scriptures written by prophets were created so that God could remind you who you are, why you are on earth and how to return to his presense at the end of your life. “This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”. -God

  • Bernado

    Ty, Ty, Ty,

    You obviously suffer from the Three B Syndrome i.e. being Bred, Born and Brainwashed in religion and in your case Mormonism. Might want to read some reputable books on the foundations of religions.

  • Tashi Nyima

    Buddhists are not atheists, but non-theists. There is a difference. The practice of loving kindness and compassion does not require one to accept or reject god(s). Theism and atheism are extreme views. There is a Middle Way.

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