From the CRJ on Mormonism...
Some take-aways and
good, general principles from the article…
Anybody—whatever religion or denomination—can equate Christianity with morality and a works-based salvation;
this is not a particularly-Mormon problem.
With anybody—but especially
those with potentially different belief systems—be careful with terms and define
terms as appropriate.
Survey data indicate
that a significant percentage of Mormons hold to conventional views of the key
doctrines of the Christian faith—independent of their church’s stated doctrines. So, one should always talk with an individual about his/her faith, rather than
jumping to easy inferences about an individual based on their religious group
If you see (and
advertise) your faith as the one true religion with special revelations, you shouldn’t
be surprised (and I’m not sure you have room to complain) if/when others
describe your group as a cult or cult-like—or your views as heretical. (See also:
Church of Christ; Catholicism.)
“Cult” is a loaded
and difficult-to-define term, so I’d avoid it. (Interestingly, the author says
that Mormon leaders have used the term themselves, so that’s sure asking for some
trouble!) In DC: Thoroughly Equipped, we describe them as a “special case”.