Recently I was contacted on Facebook by a Mormon seeking to convert me. Her strategy seemed to be to get me to engage with the Book of Mormon and highlight beauty in that book and then use apologetics to dismiss any objections I have. Now Mormonism is an unreasonable faith for some relatively clear historical and philosophical reasons.
But, this raised a question for me. Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witness’s Zoroastrians, Some Buddhists, Some Daoists, and Deists all believe in one all powerful God. They would all agree with our theological arguments for the existence of God and agree mostly with our claims about his character. They all disagree either that the church’s teaching authority has been validly transmitted through history or that God genuinely interacted with our prophets and with the Church at all. Its relatively easy to show that Catholicism is the only candidate for a faith with which God is still interacting, but its another thing to prove that the events of Exodus are faithfully recorded in our scriptures.
How can we convince someone of our teaching authority and stay more confident of our own position in those debates.