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.