While I criticize religion, I also study it. In fact, you ought not criticize something unless you’ve studied it, and I’m not sure any clear thinking person can study religion without criticizing it.
While I am highly critical of religion, I am remarkably unbiased. I’ll pause for the audience to stop laughing…
You may doubt me, but consider this: I have no religious affiliation. I have no need to defend one above any other. Since I have no horse in the race, I have the advantage that comes with being an outside observer. So, when it comes to interfaith ideological conflicts, I feel I have an undeniably unbiased perspective.
Which leads me to a comment made by Ross in which they bluntly claim that Mormons aren’t Christians. When I see that, I just have to wonder what motivates a comment like that.
I see this tactic directed at non-Mormons all the time, and it’s always such a strangely vicious, hostile way of trying to delegitimize a perceived threat among Christian sects. But this is not universal, for some reason. I don’t see Catholics or Protestants saying the Amish aren’t really Christians. I guess the Amish don’t show up on the radar (who would have thought it would be the Amish who develop stealth technology first).
Say what you want about real aspects of Mormonism, but they believe Jesus saves them. Saying Mormons aren’t Christian isn’t a very Christian thing to say.
And trust me, the Book of Mormon has exactly the same amount of authority as the Bible.