Note: The following was originally printed in the July/August 2016 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever Dr. Richard J. Mouw, the former president of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA, has been involved in Mormon-Evangelical dialogues for the past decade and a half. Yet, despite actively engaging the topic for […]
Richard Mouw is the outgoing president of Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a key
evangelical figure in the realm of interfaith dialogue and has spent the better part of the last decade engaged in discussions with Latter-day Saint scholars and some LDS church officials. His role has afforded him some high profile encounters typified by his role in the preliminary portion of Ravi Zacharias 2004 lecture at “An Evening of Friendship” in the Mormon Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This event is central to the book’s occasion and content since it affords much of the impetus for Mouw’s role in Mormon/Evangelical dialogues and established him as both a respected and controversial figure in this arena. A review of his book Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.
In April 2013, the leaders at the Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) put together an offiical statement regarding the former president of Fuller Seminary, Richard Mouw. The statement is located here along with the official link.
In an interview printed in Christianity Today titled “Rich Mouw on Why Evangelicals Need to Be Quick to Listen to Mormons,” Dr. Richard Mouw, the outgoing president of Fuller Seminary (yes, the same Dr. Mouw that continues to accuse evangelicals of bearing false witness when it comes to the teachings of Mormonism) insists that the word cult should not be applied to the LDS Church. It’s not because he thinks all cults have suddenly disappeared; after all, in his new book, Talking with Mormons: An invitation to Evangelicals, he writes,
“Mormons don’t deserve to be dismissed by Christians as a cult. Scientology in my view, is a cult. The Jehovah’s Witnesses belong to a cult. Hare Krishna is a cult . But present-day Mormonism should not be lumped together with these groups” (vii-ix).
By Bill McKeever
It is a rare event when a Christian theologian/philosopher is allowed to speak in the Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square, but on November 14, 2004, Dr. Ravi Zacharias was given such an opportunity as he addressed the topic of Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Unfortunately, much of what Dr. Zacharias had to say about the depravity of man, the necessity of the cross, the inability of man to save himself, and the all-sufficiency of Christ has taken a back seat due to remarks made prior to him taking the pulpit.