[quote=tkdnick]I went and looked back through the stuff again. James White did a poor job of making his case! His “case” was very short and left out quite a bit of information. The LDS responder, William Hamblin, did a much better job, and he used references and explained things in much greater detail.
Yeah, I was kind of disappointed that James White didn’t defend his tract better. I think that he has the beggining of a good case that would be challenging for the average mormon. I think that a good case can be made that just because OT worship comprised of temples, that hardly (all by itself) shows that temple worship was meant to continue much less take the form that is currently used by the LDS.
Really the ball is in the LDS court to be persuasive or provide evidence that it was meant to continue in a new form. For obvious reasons we can’t really pursue this course with much vigor. Critics are always going to tie mormon temple worship with 19th century masonry and mormon advocates are always going to dig up ancient “gnostic” texts. It really doesn’t make good discussion material. For me, it is much more rewarding to read up on the parallels and keep my opinions to myself.