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Prophets of Doom: Mormons vs. the Anabaptists — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Steve,

    Here are two articles from LDS sites where Mormon scholars see something positive from the “Radical Reformation” aspect of 16th century Protestantism:

    https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/prelude-restoration-apostasy-restored-church/thomas-m-ntzer-and-radical-reformation

    https://journals.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/RelEd/article/download/2147/2022

    And here’s a funny takedown of the Radical Reformation from a socio-political perspective:

    https://mises.org/library/messianic-communism-protestant-reformation

    Enjoy…. 🙂

  2. I listened to that podcast last fall and felt the same recognition of those similarities. General themes: Power corrupts, and unquestioned authority + libido + abrahamic religious context = polygamy and often reassignment of couples or polyandry.

    Other examples I’ve learned about before: “The Source Family” documentary on Netflix, and David Koresh. Both of those strong personalities became unquestioned leaders and soon after received revelations from the divine through their mantenna. “Sudden strokes of inspiration which shortly come to pass” as JS may have called them.

  3. Pure polytheism in Mormonism

    “I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods,” (Teachings of Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370)

    The Godhead consists of the three distinct personages and three gods.. The Father Son and Holy Spirit. The Father and Son have bodies of flesh and bones, while the Holy Spirit is a personage of spirit. Robert Millet A Different Jesus page 198

    The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).

    Doctrine and Covenants section 132:
    20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.

    37 Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given unto him, and he abode in my law; as Isaac also and Jacob did none other things than that which they were commanded; and because they did none other things than that which they were commanded, they have entered into their exaltation, according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and are not angels but are gods.

    Section 121:32
    32 According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.

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