By Stephen H. Webb, Alonzo L. Gaskill
What may well Roman Catholicism and Mormonism potentially need to examine from one another? at the floor, they appear to diverge on approximately each element, from their liturgical kinds to their figuring out of historical past. With its historical roots, Catholicism is a continual culture, devoted to the conservation of the creeds, whereas Mormonism teaches that the panorama of Christian historical past is riddled with error and apostasy and wanting radical revision and religious therapeutic. also, winning proselyting efforts through Mormons in previously Catholic strongholds have elevated possibilities for false impression, polemic, and prejudice among the 2 faiths. even if, as confirmed during this particular and lively discussion among theologians, one a convert to Catholicism and the opposite a convert to Mormonism, those traditions are a lot towards one another than many think, together with of their therapy of imperative doctrines comparable to authority, grace, Jesus, Mary, and revelation.Both Catholicism and Mormonism have ambitiously common perspectives of the Christian religion, and readers could be shocked through how shut Catholics and Mormons are on a couple of issues and the way those traditions, probed to their depths, make clear one another in attention-grabbing and unforeseen methods. Catholic and Mormon is a call for participation to the reader to have interaction in a dialogue that makes realizing the aim, and marks a starting for a discussion that may develop into more and more vital within the years yet to come.
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Extra resources for Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation
The two work hand in hand. A popular verse in the Book of Mormon seems to contradict this ancient view of the relationship between grace and works. It states: “It is by grace we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). ” In other words, those who reject the Mormon view see this passage of sacred scripture as evidence that Latter-day Saints see salvation in their works—in “all they can do”; not in Christ’s works and all that He has done. Frankly, some Mormons appear to interpret the verse this way, though that interpretation is erroneous.
15 But there have been some significant shifts in the decades following Joseph’s martyrdom—and each has been associated with revelations or visions. 32 Ca t hol ic a nd Mor mon So, is there any hope that Latter-day Saints will acknowledge the calling or divinely appointed mission of the pope—or any non-LDS religious leader? There certainly seems to be. received a portion of God’s light. ”17 So, a Mormon who is aware of his faith’s teachings on other religious traditions must acknowledge that God works through receptive people of all denominations—Roman Catholics included.
Fifteen denominations running their own show, while acknowledging an ecumenical patriarch, is a model for Christian cooperation. As Christians, there is so much we can learn from each other—on the subject of religious authority, but on other lessons of life and faith. And like Jesus, who openly ate with those considered “sinners” by the world, we too should be open to sit at the table of fellowship with those who believe differently than we: to hear what they have to say, to look for beauty in their traditions, to notice what God has done through them, and to build bridges in our common cause.
Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation by Stephen H. Webb, Alonzo L. Gaskill