Objective, Not Sensational
* Thank you for the objectivity presented in "Southern Baptists Take Up the Mormon Challenge" [June 15]. As a Latter-day Saint of 31 years, I have read many articles, books, and commentaries that distort the beliefs of my faith. Usually I find sensationalism, half-truths, and misnomers. The recent articles by John W. Kennedy are the most objective take on the Mormon Church that I have ever read. Although he did consult with the infamous anti-Mormons, the Tanners, he showed unusual restraint as he presented a more objective view. The decision of the editors to be objective rather than sensational shows a true Christian attitude.
I wish to applaud John W. Kennedy's balanced and informative article. The statistical projections of Mormon growth in the article—from 10 to 270 million by the year 2080—are conservative. Mormonism is quickly becoming a global challenge to evangelicalism. Outreach to Mormons, like Muslims or Hindus, must be seen as outreach to a larger culture, and not just to a "cult."
I humbly suggest that the larger Christian church look to the cross-cultural approach to Mormons that evangelicals in Utah have used for some time now, with remarkable evangelistic success, which is central to the mission of Salt Lake Seminary.
Ken Mulholland, President
Salt Lake Seminary
Salt Lake City, Utah
I enthusiastically applaud the incredible ministry of the Southern Baptists around the world and now their zeal for reaching Mormons. On the other hand, let's not get panicky about Mormon growth or that of other religious movements around the world.
With a flaming arrow pointing skyward, CT dramatizes their projected growth to 267 million adherents by 2080. On the other ...