The recent announcement Romney visited Billy Graham after which Graham removed Mormonism from his cult catalogue was amusing to say the least. Again, “the faith never changes”, but changes all the time.
Why would a group vilified for so long, Mormonism, be judged OK by the stroke of a pen? The Baptist author below referred to it as a “fascinating intersection of religious pluralism, doctrinal concession and political reality.”
Remaining on the cult list are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientologists and Unitarians. It’s hard to understand why Unitarians are considered a cult. In fact, none of these does mass suicides and such associated with cults.
History tells us these latter groups will be regarded as cults until one of their members is a Republican candidate for the Presidency. Then, things change in a hurry.
This morphing of the faith to accommodate contemporary values goes back to the beginning. The facade of the faith is that nothing changes.
Another announcement this week was the closing of a prominent seminary by the Methodists. The closure was part of a budget cutbacks faced by many denominations.
One would guess doctrinal change will accelerate among main line denominations as membership falls. Doctrinal change will accommodate new views among the membership but also accommodate mergers with other declining denominations.
When you think about it, one religious group calling another a “cult” is an insult of the highest degree. It may fit sometimes but often is the pot calling the kettle black.