Mormon and Evangelical Dialogue: Two New Books
The landmark book in this field is “How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon and Evangelical in Conversation” (Intervarsity Press, March 1997) by Craig L. Blomberg and Stephen E. Robinson. And despite the severe backlash from many in the Evangelical community, this book did much to model genuine dialogue. Anyone interested in interfaith dialogue should read this book.
Following this model, two new books will be available this fall.
“Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between a Mormon and an Evangelical” by Robert L. Millet and Rev. Greg C.V. Johnson will be available October 1, 2007. The forward is appropriately written by Craig L. Blomberg. The description reads: “The first part of this book is a dialogue between the two authors themselves. The second part is a Q & A with Mormon and evangelical audiences.”This book has no doubt grown out of their several public dialogues before live audiences.
“Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate” by Robert L. Millet and Gerald McDermott will be published in September 2007 by Brazos Press. Millet and McDermott have presented at academic conferences together and have co-written an article in Christianity Today.
An excerpt, the introduction to the book (PFD), is available from the Brazos Press website.
In the introduction, McDermott explains how this book will be different from Robinson and Blomberg’s discussion. He says:
“First and most importantly, this book focuses on Jesus. While How Wide the Divide? discusses a range of issues across the evangelical-Mormon divide, this book relates most of those issues and several more besides to the person and work of the Redeemer.
Second, I write from an evangelical perspective that is somewhat broader than Professor Blomberg’s. For example, while I am committed to the authority of Scripture for faith and practice, I am not overly concerned with the ‘inerrancy’ debate that raged in the 1980s, so Professor Millet and I do not discuss that particular issue…
A third difference between this book and Blomberg and Robinson’s is that this one is more theologically oriented.”
Some notable endorsements include Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and author of A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada, and John G. Stackhouse Jr., author of No Other Gods before Me? Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Religions.
It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction these books receive.