Ah, this is the CARM we all know and love.
Zakuska (whom I’ve met in real life and know from years on LDS discussion forums) decided to post my article on theosis to the evangelical “Christian” cess pool that populates CARM’s Mormonism forum. The comedy is writing itself. Allow me to share with you a sampling of the insightful things the participants at CARM have deduced:
akaSeerone: If that is what he is teaching he ain’t no Christian.
Garry T: Amen Andy! He’s about as far away from Born Again Christianity as our buddy Smith was.
In the very first paragraph of my theosis article, I mention that my name is Bridget and I refer to having been pregnant, which would erase any doubts as to what gender I am for people of normal intelligence. To the extra-dumb denizens of CARM though? Apparently there are pregnant men out there named Bridget. Go figure.
Lessa4: I agree, just because she considers herself to be an “evangelical” doesn’t mean she’s actually a Christian, nor do I see anything here that suggests any legitimate study in Christian theology or Biblical studies,
What a keen observation. It’s not like my degree in classics and minor in Hebrew (which Lessa4 cites in the very next paragraph) shows that I know how to read Biblical languages, which would indicate that I have done Biblical studies. The standards at CARM for legitimate Biblical studies are very high indeed!
Lessa4: I do not see any evidence “Bridget” is a Christian
No, it’s not like I’ve posted my Christian testimony on this blog, which Lessa4 could have found when she1 clicked on my name at LDS & Evangelical Conversations. And I’m certainly not applying to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Multnomah Biblical Seminary or anything, and those probably aren’t “Christian” schools that conduct legitimate Christian theology and Bible studies by Lessa4′s standards anyways.
I also admire how Lessa4 keeps putting my name in quotation marks. Does she think that’s a fake name or something? You never know, I could just be an elaborate Internet Mormon sock puppet controlled by the Danites themselves!
Lessa4: This Briget appears to be a Mormon who is evangelizing Mormonism.
Ugh. I could never be Mormon. I like my current underwear too much, and my husband concurs!
Garry T: How about beware of Mormons in evangelical clothing. Some Mormon liar is getting a chuckle out of his “mastery” of falsehood!
I’m not sure whom Garry T is referring to, but right here there’s a pretty honest evangelical Christian woman getting a chuckle out of the “mastery” of stupidity coming from him and his ilk.
baptizedinChrist: Bill McKeever over at MRM.org already wrote on this subject. I suggest you read the article here.
Yup, I linked to that article in my original post and said that I basically agreed with it. I guess I shouldn’t have done that though since I’m just a Mormon in sheep’s clothing trying to evangelize Mormonism. (?)
When it’s pointed out to the folks from CARM that Aaron Shafovaloff from Mormonism Research Ministry was the first person to comment on my theosis article and that he agreed with me, and obviously they aren’t going to denounce him as non-Christian, the ever-omniscient Lessa4 tries to claim that my article on theosis “embraced polytheism.” Ah, now we’ve moved into the sacred realm of “making crap up.” CBS would be proud.
Don’t tell the folks from CARM, but I was even once a moderator of the Mormonism forum there, long ago. It might make their heads explode.
What’s the point of this post? Only that Gary Novak’s first rule of anti-Mormonism still holds true today: once you become an anti-Mormon, expect your IQ to drop at least 85 points.
1 I assume that Lessa4 is female because “Lessa” sounds feminine to me. I apologize in advance if I got the gender wrong. I make no apologies for thinking s/he’s as dumb as a bag of hammers.