Thursday, October 13, 2011

Devil's advocate

Mormon argument regarding same-sex marriage: "marriage" has meant the union of a man and a woman forever. We can't re-write millennia of history and tradition by now re-defining marriage as something fundamentally different to include a much broader group of people.

Mormon argument regarding Christianity: "Christian" has meant a belief in the Nicene Creed (and others) for millennia, but now we as Mormons want to be included in the meaning of "Christian" even though we disagree with those creeds and call them abominations, arguably re-defining the term to include a much broader group of people.

Discuss.

4 comments:

  1. I read an interesting article yesterday that made me think about this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-pease-gadoua/what-marriage-really-need_b_997426.html?ref=mostpopular

    It seemed like what the author was arguing for in the article would be narrowing the definition of the marriage relationship--different kinds of marriage based on specific purposes. But it seems like then you're changing the definition of marriage, which is fairly broad but also limited in some ways (a permanent union of a man and woman excludes the possibility of time limitations and excludes the possibility of same-sex marriage).

    I guess with both of these issues, it all depends on your definition. I think a lot of people have different definitions about what it means to be "Christian"--when Mormons claim to be Christian, we want to be recognized for our belief in Christ as a divine entity, specifically, not for our belief in the specific tenets of the Nicene Creed.

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  2. I think that the term "Christian" actually originated during Christ's time (by those who didn't believe in Christ) ... and the Nicene Creed later made the term to fit what they wanted.

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  3. Good point, Casey. This probably goes with what you were saying as well, Amanda.

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  4. Mormonism is outside the tent of Christianity.

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