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This review is from: Fast Facts® on Mormonism (Paperback)
All I can say is be careful reading this book. If you aren't discerning, you'll think everything Ankerberg and Weldon say is actually fact. Two major flaws I see are: 1. The authors show apparent contradictions of Mormon doctrine when they themselves are followers of what they call "Biblical Christianity" which has many different interpretations and traditions. 2. They accuse the Mormons of rejecting 2,000 years of history when Mormon apologists do make use of the Bible and ancient Christian writings to defend their doctrine, yet Ankerberg and Weldon also critique the Roman Catholic Church which makes quite liberal reference to the past 2,000 years(maybe a different phrase besides 2 meillenia or 2,000 years would be better and more clear in the Facts books--something like the record of history in scripture or something to this effect). Being of Protestant persuasion myself, I of course have reservations about certain doctrines of Roman Catholics and Mormons, but at the same time, the approach of Ankerberg and Weldon seems unfair and off balance. They need to turn their focus elsewhere when discussing these matters. A good way to learn good apologetics methods, is to see how the Apostles carried out this important work with unbelievers.
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Initial post: May 11, 2011 5:54:07 AM PDT
Proctor S. Burress, Jr. says:
You sir are, of course, kidding...are you not? "Good apologetics methods" (what's this?) "seems unfair and
It would be helpful to reworK this and explain the confusing juxtaposition of these thoughts! Thanks.
Oh, you might add just what is : "Being of the Protestant persuasion myself".
Posted on Jan 31, 2014 10:48:04 AM PST
S. Jensen says:
Thank you for speaking out for a church that you don't even belong to. I hope that I will be as gracious when the opportunity presents itself. We often refer to Protestants as "The Great Reformers" and have a great reverence for the heroes (Tinsdale, Luther, Hoff, etc.) who gave everything to bring the Gospel to everyone.
Posted on Jan 31, 2014 2:37:48 PM PST
Proctor S. Burress, Jr. says:
"MC" may be a dear and thoughtful soul. Even so it is hard to discern just where he/she is coming from with these comments. I'll try again here: the use of "if you aren't discerning" and "you'll think everything (they) say is fact."
Why yes one may well be 'discerning'...and not over their head as this writer seems to be. It appears that everything that "A & W" say is fact! It is not a matter of intolerance or ignorance to point out that the LDS with the Sidney Rigdon contributing mightily to Joe Smiths' efforts have done everything they can to distort the well-established historic Christian tradition.
You cannot have it both ways. Mormonism is making a central attack through Smith's wonderful imagination on most all historic Christian teachings. One is forced to reject one if accepting the other. MC has a great sense of fairness but little of basic logic. No other way to put it. A & W do not have to resort to distortion or to work very hard to show why this is the case.
More home work or at least some home work on the part of MC would clearly reveal this. For a start MC might attend the next dedication of a new LDS temple in her area and watch and listen carefully! Clearly, MC is expressing an emotional side rather than a rational one while suggesting her view is balanced. At some point one has to deal with the incredible assertions and claims of the LDS especially if one thinks historical denominational or 'Protestant' Christianity is not pure invention. If it is all invention then anything goes!
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