Reason #158: The whole becoming a god(ess) thing

This is an excerpt from my book, The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading devices. Becoming a God Once when I was speaking to a group of high school students on the subject of Mormonism, I outlined the central points of doctrine covered by Joseph Smith in his King Follett Address. One of the students raised his hand as I was talking. He seemed a little annoyed. “That was 1844,” he said. “Mormons don’t teach that stuff about becoming a god today, do they?” Yes, they do. There is no doctrine, outside that of continuing revelation, that is more integral to the Mormonism of both the past and the present...

It’s a Phase Three Resolution!

It’s finally here! No more photocopying!  No more emailing to your friends! The book that for years now you’ve asked me for is here. The Hinge of Your History:  The Phases of Faith is being printed and will be available the first week of September. This is the book whose concept best-selling author Philip Yancey called “more profound than you can imagine.” Keith Lancaster, award-winning songwriter, producer, and founder of Christian Hall of Fame artist Acappella says “without exaggeration, Latayne’s teaching on the Phases of Faith has literally changed my life.” You can get it here on Amazon, or you can email me here for autographed copies. Price $9.99.  Ask me about discounts for orders of five or...

Reason #157: Rampant, Mystical Polytheism of Mormonism

A recent post by a BYU site shows that Mormonism cannot possibly be classed as monotheistic. Here it is below, in question and answer form: Q:  How can God be all-knowing and still progress eternally? A:  An article by James R. Harris explains that some students have been confused by apparently conflicting statements made by early Church leaders about God’s omniscience on the one hand and his ability to grow in knowledge and glory on the other. These leaders recognized that God could somehow grow in knowledge and at the same time experience no deficiency in his knowledge, being, in fact, a possessor of all knowledge. God’s foreknowledge spans all of man’s experience (premortal, mortal, post-mortal, and immortal) and man’s end (his final...

Reason #156: The Book of Mormon Restored What?

Does the Book of Mormon itself restore—or even mention—doctrines missing from the Bible? No, in fact, the theology of the Book of Mormon isn’t Mormon – at least, not twenty-first century Mormonism. Latter-day Saints quote Doctrine and Covenants 20:9, 42:12, and 135:3 which claim that the Book of Mormon has “the fullness” of the everlasting Gospel. But as ex-Mormon writer Bob Witte has pointed out, most of the elements that make modern Mormonism distinctive aren’t in that book. In addition to temple worship, plural marriage, and the Negro-priesthood issue, Witte notes that the Book of Mormon also does not teach the following recently-advocated LDS doctrines: God has a body of flesh and bones God is an exalted man God is a product of eternal...

Reason #155: More detail on the Kinderhook Plates

A commenter on a previous post asked for direct evidence that Joseph Smith ever claimed to have translated the infamous Kinderhook Plates.  Below is a detailed discussion about that subject, from Utah Lighthouse Ministry. In his attack on our book, Archaeology and the Book of Mormon, Mormon professor William J. Hamblin tried to downplay our work on the Kinderhook plates: “The Tanners relish in linking Joseph Smith with this early nineteenth-century forgery… This topic has been analyzed in detail, and it has been demonstrated that Joseph Smith was only mildly interested in the Kinderhook plates. Whatever the significance of this forgery for early Latter-day Saint history, it has absolutely no relevance for the modern study of Book of Mormon...