Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006)

Awards/Availabilty

Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis

First Advisor

Betty A. DeBerg

Abstract

I achieved three important insights into the Mormon faith through my observations. First, I learned that Mormonism is a Christian faith. It is sometimes thought of as a fringe religious movement somehow outside the boundaries of Christianity, but in my observations I learned that it is centered on God and on the saving power of Jesus Christ. Through the process of writing this paper I might have learned how this misconception is perpetuated. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has so many characteristics which are distinctly and uniquely Mormon that these differences are emphasized to the extent that the Christian nature of the religion is not fully appreciated. I have been guilty of this myself: in trying to describe in this short space what Mormonism is like, I have emphasized what is different about Mormonism. I hope that you put these unique characteristics into the proper context, which is that Mormonism is an expression of Christianity. It is better thought of not as Mormonism, but as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Date of Award

1998

Department

Department of Philosophy and Religion

Presidential Scholar Designation

A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar

Comments

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Date Original

1998

Object Description

1 PDF file (20 pages)

Date Digital

3-29-2018

Copyright

©1998 - Peter Masteller

Type

document

Language

EN

File Format

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