A Response to the Previous Post

Trevor, you have brought up some very interesting points.  I agree wholeheartedly that the quote on the Trinity that you included in your post is gobbledegook to most people.  I have a Ph D. in Biblical Studies and can hardly navigate through what was being said.  It’s so complicated I couldn’t say if I agree with it or not. Perhaps such things make you understand why many Christian groups, including the one with which I worship, do not have creeds or doctrinal statements.  In keeping with that spirit, I’m going to try to address some of your concerns just using the Bible. The first issue is the fact that God insisted throughout the Old Testament that He was the only God.  Monotheism is the most basic tenet of both Judaism and...

Another post from a Mormon

I regret the fact that these blogs are clumsy — it’s not possible to respond directly to someone’s post in a way that all visitors to the site are directed to the response.  An LDS apologist has respectfully brought up some issues that I’d really like to address.  So I am going to put his posting below, and then address some of the very valid issues he raises. Here is Trevor’s post: One Response to “A Response to a Recent Posting by a Mormon”September 17th, 2008 at 1:09 pm Thanks for your considerate response. Your reference to straw man gives me pause – I realize I was not sufficiently respectful to your beliefs and others”‘ on the subject of the Trinity and for that I apologize. However what I was...

Interesting week!

I apologize for not posting last week.  I taught a “World View, World Religions and Cults” class at Trinity Southwest University last week.  Nowhere else in the world can you get this subject matter taught by an ex-cultist who is a representational thinker!  But teaching for 6 hours straight for three days in a row made me not want to hear the sound of my voice again for a while.  (Maybe the students concurred but were polite not to say so.) Also last week I noticed that quite a few visitors to my site were coming from here:  A topix site.  What made it so interesting is that the man who posted regarding my site, Donny Pauling, is a Christian who used to market P, like O, like R, like N.  (Don’t think I want to get on search engines for...

Response to a recent posting by a Mormon (part two)

When I came out of Mormonism, I left a system of thought that called the Father “God” and referred to Jesus as the Christ or as the Savior but never as God.  The Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost, as Mormons say) was never referred to as God. I see shades of this among Christians who when using the name God are referring only to the Father””but Jesus and the Holy Spirit are equally God. Here is a simple little diagram, whose origin I cannot remember, that might help with this dilemma: However, Jesus is not the Holy Spirit; the Father is not Jesus, and the Father is not the Holy Spirit. Thus, properly when we speak of God, we should have in mind that Highest One who encompasses our understanding of Him as Father, and as Son, and as Holy Spirit. And...

A Response to a Recent Posting by a Mormon

A recent posting  on “Reason #22″ elicited a thoughtful response from a Mormon named Trevor.  Here is the first part of my response to him: Dear Trevor, I am very grateful to you for your reasoned and respectful way of responding to my post on the Mormon view of the Godhead.  I won”‘t address everything you said, but would like to focus on a few points. First of all, I would have to admit that part of  my motivations for writing the “reasons” section is indeed to affirm to myself my reasons.  You see, that is because there were so many things I dearly loved about Mormonism, and many reasons why emotionally I would like to return to it.  This blog allows me to “be ready always to give a reason for the faith that is in...