Mormons have several quite distinctive views of God, but do most Mormons realize it? In almost every theological area, ranging from the nature of God as Creator (creating “from nothing” or as organizer of eternal element?) to the four major “omnis”—omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, and omnipresent—Mormons have a take that is often quite different from traditional Judeo-Christian theism. Yet, even though Mormon theology takes these angles, we often find them forgotten by those “in the pews.” Other than when speaking about Mormonism’s minority position among Christians that God has a tangible body, most Latter-day Saints sound more like mainstream Christians when talking about God’s power and foreknowledge and the nature of eternity than they do Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, the Pratt brothers, or almost all other Mormon theologians. Why? And would it be to their (and the wider community’s) benefit if we showed more consistency in LDS theological positions about God?
In this episode, panelists Charley Harrell, Jim McLachlan, and Lorie Winder Stromberg join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon for an in-depth discussion of Mormonism’s God. The focus ends up on the subjects mentioned above, with the topic of God’s physical embodiment, including being gendered, postponed to a future discussion.
Please listen and then share your takes in the comments section below!
James McLachlan, “For Time and All Eternity: God and Others in Mormonism and Heterodox Christianity,” Sunstone, July 2008
“James McLachlan–Compelling Mormonism,” Mormon Stories podcast interview, November 2011