Are Mormons Christians?

Odyssey's interview with Ahmad Corbitt, an Odyssey board member and spokesman for the New York office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, kicks off a series we call Faith in Perspective. Voices from different faith communities will have a platform to address what they see as common misconceptions of their respective religious traditions. Faith in Perspective strives to present a counter to the soundbite culture rife with generalization and free of nuance. We'll look at confusion surrounding theology, practice and culture and hopefully, will burst some bubbles of misperception.

In this premiere interview, Corbitt explains that, from the Latter-Day Saints' point of view, Mormons are Christians, despite the assertion of certain theologians and religion experts to the contrary. Central to the dispute is that "traditional" Christians believe in the Trinity -- that God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all in one. Mormons, on the other hand, believe that God and Jesus are separate beings.  "So, yes, if the definition of traditional Christianity is that one must tie its theology to a creed, then we are not traditional Christians in that sense," says Corbitt.

A Mormon
April 23rd, 2012 10:56 am

Comments here are being made by people who don't understand the Mormon religion. I am a Mormon myself, have been for 33 years so I know what the Mormons believe and our doctrine. No we don't believe that Jesus was just a prophet. Yes we do believe in the Trinity. We believe that Jesus is God's begotten son, Jesus a God himself. What we don't believe is that the 3, ( The Holy Ghost, God the Father and Jesus Christ our brother), are 1. We do believe that they are one in thoughts but 3 individual beings. Did the Holy Ghost not appear in a form of a dove when Jesus Christ was baptized? If they are one how could that be? And if Jesus the Christ and his Father are one person why did Jesus refer to doing his Father's work instead of his own? Just things to think about. We may understand things in a different way but we sure do worship Jesus Christ, He is our Saviour. We do believe that he died for us and that only through his grace we can be saved.

Terry Waggle
April 18th, 2012 17:42 pm

If they don't believe that Jesus is the Word of God, God incarnate, then I don't think they're seeing Jesus in as elevated a position as Christians do. There's a reason we believe in the Trinity and that's because we do believe that Jesus is God's only begotten son and the Holy Spirit works in us as believers now that Jesus has ascended to Heaven. As I understand it, the Mormons view Jesus as just another prophet.

linda mcdade
April 17th, 2012 20:40 pm

It's my understanding that Mormons do not believe in the Trinity. That is a big deal to Christians. We believe that Jesus is God and has lived throughout eternity.

Patrick Cronin
April 17th, 2012 14:15 pm

Do you believe that Jesus is God? Was he conceived by God through Mary? Has Jesus lived for all eternity.

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