The New Mormon Church History

Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days, Volume 1, The Standard of Truth, 1815-1846 (722 Pages. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. $5.99) Reviewed by Kurt Van Gorden The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS) has always been an enigma.  The church’s published history is a mixture of truth, speculation, and falsified information. To resolve that, history students have sought … Continue reading

A Different Jesus? (Book Review)

Long is the list of differences that separate Mormonism from Christianity, but one of the greatest is how each faith understands the person and role of Jesus Christ. For all but four years of its history, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka: LDS church, Mormons) has had the name Jesus in its official title, but how this “Jesus” has been described by Mormon leaders has led most of the professing Christian world … Continue reading

The “Restoration” Fallacy

The Restoration Movement has always been a fascination to me.  Mormons are but one of the many groups that grew out of this movement, and they seem to be at the forefront of the groundless assertion that the first century Church, which was established by Jesus, failed to endure and has had to be completely restored to apostolic vitality. The Old and the New Testaments both mention apostasy or falling way, (for example, Jeremiah 2:19; … Continue reading

Grace Is Amazing

I am constantly amazed at the large number of people who do not truly understand the biblical concept of grace. Since grace is, of course, spoken of in Scripture, it is part of the vocabulary of most churches and even cults. The shorthand definition we most often use is “unmerited favor.” A longer more descriptive definition would be “a kindly attitude toward the undeserving.” But as we read the literature or talk with others, we … Continue reading

Conversation with a self-described atheist

I have recently been involved in an online conversation with a self-described atheist. He raised some questions that I thought might be of interest to our readers. He writes: I just find it fascinating how each of the more significant divisions of Christianity consider all the other ones so wrong on some pretty major things.  I was curious why you thought that was. Certainly you have experience with having differences in more minor details with … Continue reading

The Challenge of Communication: Defining Terms

I often have to think about the challenge of communication, not only in our articles or public teaching but also in my day-to-day interaction with others. Sometimes when talking with someone, I get the distinct feeling that, although we may be using the same language, we somehow are not tracking together. Later, I may realize that the communication was not clear because we had different definitions, which had been assumed and not clarified. For example, … Continue reading