December 12, 2007

Religous Scrutiny is Fairly Useless for Presedential Consideration

Mormonism has never been more in the spot light of public attention than it is currently. All the attention is a mixed bag.

Republican candidate Mike Huckabee, in an article published in Sunday's NY Times magazine asked, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"

Huckabee never answers the question and that is the problem with the spot light on Mormonism. Nothing is ever really answered so one is left with the unsubstantiated impression that Mormonism is either a truly deceptive cult or that it is a viable Christian faith which simply gets bad press.

For the record, the definition of a cult from an evangelical perspective, is a group of people, claiming to be Christian, yet adhere to a particular doctrinal system "invented" by a strong leader whose views are codified in a book which, invariably, supersedes the Bible.

If you accept that definition, Mormonism is a cult. Where Mormons were once Trinitarian early on, Joseph smith changed that defining the bizarre view Mormons hold today. Namely, there is a plurality of gods as spirit beings morph--in a sense--into gods in charge of other worlds. In that god is the father of all spirit beings, Jesus and Satan--both spirit beings according to Mormonism--are technically therefore brothers.

That being said, though the whole religious review of candidates is skewed, inappropriate and misplaced. I have to agree with Mit Romney at one level. Paraphrasing his response about his beliefs he said, "Look at my marriage, see how I raised my children, etc. if you want to know what I believe." That's a good point--not in a theological sense--but certainly appropriate for the issues at hand as a presidential candidate.

All that is to say, that Romney's Mormonism should be neither a qualifying, nor disqualifying attribute of the candidate; neither should it be ignored though anymore than Barak's liberal UCC claim, or Guiliani's pretense of Catholicism, or Huckabee's Southern Baptist ordination, or Hillary's roots at the First Chameleon Church of Whatever.

Every person, including the hardened atheist, makes decisions and takes action consciously or unconsciously out of their belief system whatever it may be. To think that anyone does otherwise is anthropologically, and spiritually absurd.

2 Comments:

Blogger Matt Sargent said...

Go Huckabee! I don't know what he wrote in the article here in question, but everything else I've read about him and everything I've heard him speak on totally impresses me. :)

11:18 AM  
Blogger PB said...

Just remember--
1. talk is cheap...he seems to LOVE taxes of every color, shape and size and his immigration record is unimpressive
2. Huckabee has major issues with the current President's foreign policy; read that: "Let's dialog over tea and crumpets and build consensus with our allies BEFORE we take action"
3. we will be electing a president, not a pastor

The Republican Party is hurtin for certain.

9:18 PM  

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