Topical Guide/Ancient Christianity and Judaism
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- Are Mormons Christians?—
Are Mormons Christians? Do they worship Jesus Christ? Critics use unnecessarily narrow definitions to deny that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship and revere Jesus. (Link)
- Have Mormons claimed only recently to be Christians?—
Early members of the Church and their enemies have long referred to them as Christians. The recent efforts of some extremist Protestants to deny Mormon's status as Christians cannot alter these facts. (Link)
- Strength of the Mormon position quotation and source—
LDS writers have often referred to a quote attributed to an unnamed Catholic author about "the strength of the Mormon position" regarding the necessity of divine authority. Is there any truth to this claim, and if so, what is it's source? (Link)
- The Book of Mormon indicates that Christianity existed in the New World prior to the birth of Christ—
The Book of Mormon refers to "Christians" in Alma 46:13-16 and Alma 48:10. These texts date to approximately 72 BC. (Link)
- Martyrdom in Christian history—
Critics claim that Joseph Smith is not a martyr because, while in jail, he fought back against those who attacked him. No one questions if he died for his religion. The question therefore is, has the definition of a Christian martyr always been understood only as one who does not fight back? (Link)
- Critics assert that there is a"Mormon" vs. a "Christian" Jesus—
Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation, and that He died for our sins, yet Evangelical critics claim that Latter-day Saints believe in a "different" Jesus than "mainstream" Christians. (Link)
- LDS versus Evangelical Christian view of the atonement of Jesus Christ—
Critics compare what they state are the four positions of the LDS church, which by their definition must be false. (Link)
- Completeness of the Bible—
Critics claim the Bible contains all necessary or essential knowledge to assure salvation. Therefore, things like modern prophets or additional scripture (such as the Book of Mormon) are unnecessary or even blasphemous. (Link)
- Grace and works—
How do the LDS see the relationship between works and grace? (Link)
- FAIR Topical Guide: Ancient Christianity & Judaism FAIR link
These articles cited below provide information on the topic of this page. The Ensign is one of the official publications of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When you click on one of the article links below, you are whisked to the article found in the archives of the Church's Web site.</p>
- De Lamar Jensen, Seventeen Centuries of Christianity,Ensign, September 1978, 51. How Christianity prepared the way for the Restoration in the Last Days.
- Robert J. Matthews, Was John's baptism a new ordinance or were the people already familiar with it?, Ensign, September 1974, 16.
- Hugh W. Nibley, The Lachish Letters: Documents from Lehi's Day, Ensign, December 1981, 48. These ancient documents give significant support to the historical picture painted at the beginning of the Book of Mormon.
- Robert J. Woodford, How much do we know about baptism before Christ's time?, Ensign, July 1991.