*A Note on Labels

For the sake of simplicity, I’ve been using the word “Christian” to refer to those who practice traditional, trinitarian Christianity (e.g. “Mormons believe in three levels of heaven, but Christians only believe in one.”).  I know most LDS would object to the term “Christian” being applied so exclusively, but (1) it gets cumbersome and confusing to always write out “traditional Christian” or “orthodox Christian,” and (2) I do have good reasons for keeping the two categories somewhat separate.  As I wrote in a previous post:

“I think the question, ‘Are Mormons Christian?’ is usually answered too simply[…]  I think the LDS church has a lot of things seriously wrong, and that means I can’t take communion with Mormons right now.  But it’s possible that one day I could break bread with Mormon Christians, if not in this world, then in the next[…]  I hesitate to make pronouncements about whether or not Mormons are Christians.  I suspect some are, and some aren’t, and the proportion of each within the LDS church changes depending on how I’m feeling about Mormonism on any given day.  But it’s an intriguing question, one that beckons us to a liminal, ambiguous threshold.  And that’s why I keep asking it.”


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