Well, the recent solicitation for donations to Catholic Answers to fight the Mormon threat has brought me here.
I am a LDS and a former Catholic. If I was ever convinced that the CoJCoLDS is not God’s church, I would be Catholic again in a heartbeat. I left Catholicism a little ignorant of what I had as a Catholic. When I recognized this I attempted to purge this ignorance as best I could.
Surely I am BIASED, but I will offer a few things.
*]Properly understood LDS theology is Biblical theology. I personally have found the systematic theology contained in Ostler’s Exploring Mormon Thought to be the best exposition on what LDS can (and perhaps should) believe.
*]The coming forth of the BOM is not explainable via naturalistic means. There are numerous problems with the BOM that have been used to discredit it, but on the whole I believe the answers to the problems and the positive evidences weight strongly in favor of the BOM. As a Catholic I would need to embrace “the devil did it” theory.
*]Early Christian history offers much reason to see an “Apostasy of Authority” and to see a restoration of various doctrines found within the CoJCoLDS. The most import doctrines IMO being deification and a rejection of creation ex nihilo (which has profound impacts upon free will and theodicy).[/LIST]
Now, you wrote:
*]Mormonism is not really a Christian religion.
*]Mormons think they can become gods.[/LIST]
As you might guess LDS would disagree with #1. In fact while I do not personally deny the label of Christian to Catholics, Protestants, or even JWs there are differences in our views of Jesus and the Trinity.
I believe that the Bible supports my view of the Trinity (generally called Social Trinity I think first by Protestant philosopher Plantinga) above the Catholic view I call the Augustinian Trinity.
I also boldly declare that the Bible teaches and the early church acknowledges that men can become gods. This does not mean that men supplant God, but it does meant that we are “conformed to the image of Christ” who is the “image of God.” Here is a thread I started to explore the Catholic view on this:
I have since read Deification and Grace by Keating (a Catholic seminary professor). I found his book to be a remarkable demonstration of the Biblical warrant for deification, followed by a peculiar attempt to mute the power of the Biblical statements by claiming that words applied to Jesus mean something different when applied to men.
If you are philosopher, I really recommend Ostler’s books. In addition to his exposition on Mormon thought, I think he outlines philosophical problems with non-Mormon thought that I have never seen solved.
Here is a link to info on his books: