THE ARGUMENT FOR GOD BEING THE BASIS FOR OBJECTIVE MORAL VALUES AND DUTIES: PART I Click here to read Part II As I have listened to multiple exit stories from people who have left the LDS church, one of the things I have noticed is that when their LDS beliefs leave, usually their belief in Jesus and God do as well. I have wondered why this is. The idea of “natural theology” is alien to most members of the LDS faith. Natural theology is theology that one can discover through nature, philosophy, reason, and science. This is in contrast to the more familiar “revealed theology” which is theology that one can only discover through revelation (e.g., “Jesus is the Son of God”). Perhaps it is the idea of Natural Theology to which Paul is speaking in his letter to the Romans chapter 1 verse 20: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Natural theology is something I recently discovered and find very compelling. It first came to my attention as I was listening to some very scholarly debates on the DebateGod.org podcasts. As I listened to these debates, I became increasingly interested in the arguments presented, specifically by Dr. William Lane Craig. This led me to additional readings about natural theology and more podcasts from Dr. Craig. Mormons are well equipped in defending their faith against other Christians; however, we are not so well prepared in defending our faith against the rising tide of secularism. I see secularism slowly sneaking in and taking away some of our members. This, I hypothesize, is because so much of our theology is based on revealed theology. I would propose that if Mormon Christians became acquainted with the arguments presented in natural theology, it might curb the advancement of secularism within our faith. If people did still decide to leave...read more
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