Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

A Different Jesus? the Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

A Different Jesus? the Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

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A DIFFERENT JESUS? THE CHRIST OF THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS. By ROBERT L. MILLET. Eerdmans. 226pp. $16 paper.

A professor of religion at Brigham Young University presses the case that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church, is indisputably Christian in the most central affirmation of the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Richard Mouw, president of the evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary, writes a most irenic foreword and afterword, stretching as far as he can to credit Professor Millet's argument. But in the end even Mouw is left wondering whether, Millets sincere beliefs notwithstanding, the Jesus Christ of the Nicene Creed can be squared with, for instance, the Latter-day Saints' insistence that God is of the same species as humanity. While Millet's argument will not convince most orthodox or approximately orthodox Christians, it is a serious theological effort to bring Mormon belief and piety into conversation with historic Christianity. …

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