New Harmony: Strengthening links that bind faiths

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    "Inside the LDS Church, we tend to make things an "all or nothing" proposition: If Joseph Smith saw God, then it's all true; but if he didn't, then it's all for nothing."

    Theology shouldn't be a straitjacket. How long until the LDS Church thaws enough to open up to ecumenical interaction? That will be a big first step that needn’t require any compromise of the integrity of the Mormon belief system.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 5, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." - Joseph Smith

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    RE: The era of "Bible bashes" and dust-ups over doctrine needs to come to a close . “…all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt...( Joseph Smith History).

    The Christian response: ”ye should earnestly Contend for the faith which was once Delivered unto the saints. (Jude 3)

    But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ(exalted man), don’t invite that person into your home…(2John 2:9-10 NLT)

  • windsor City, Ut
    Sept. 5, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Funny how quickly, and in what manner, this 'joining hands' has come.

    I know Baptists and Methodists and people from all manner of denominations (from when I lived in a Bible Belt state) who can not and will not vote for Obama.

    They are still just gobsmacked that soon they are are going to vote for a Mormon President when they seriously wouldn't have voted for a Mormon dogcatcher a couple of years ago.....

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 5, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    The parable about the good Samaritan was not aimed at Samaritans. It was meant for Jews who regarded Samaritans as inferiors. But in the story, Jesus made a Samaritan the hero. Today, we could tell that same story with a Christian in the place of the Jew and a Muslim in the place of the Samaritan.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 5, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    As always, Mr. Johnston is quite right.

    One very minor quibble. As a former Catholic, I see much in the traditions of Catholicism that are, to me, very ancient shadows of the faith I now practice.