Sunday, January 18, 2015

An Evangelical Argues for Mormon Apologetics

Craig Blomberg is an evangelical biblical scholar. Some evangelicals see him as "irenic and embracing with Mormons;" he sees himself as "irenic but not embracing with Mormons" (Craig L. Blomberg, Can We Still Believe the Bible? [Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2014], 272 n. 6.). I have never seen him as all that irenic, though he may be less hostile than some. Perhaps the perception that he is too irenic is one of the reasons he takes misguided pot shots at Mormons in his book. Blomberg has had numerous encounters with Latter-day Saints and I think that some of Blomberg's Mormon interlocutors could have done a much better job defending their beliefs, and apparently so does he. He raises an interesting point at the end of his book. Referring to those who believe the Book of Mormon or the Qur'an he says:
One may be utterly convinced that God has testified to them of the truth of a sacred text of a particular religion, but if they cannot give viable intellectual answers to the problems that others perceive with that same text, one has to wonder if they have misjudged the source of their convictions.
(Blomberg, Can We Still Believe the Bible? 220-21.)