Who Do You Say I Am? – A Mormon and an Evangelical Discuss Jesus

| January 22, 2015

“Who do you say I am?”

The question Jesus posed to Peter is the most important we’ll ever answer. Who is Jesus? What do we believe about him?

Several years ago my friend Vince Han and I began a discussion about what we believed about Jesus. We knew we disagreed—we just weren’t sure exactly how we differed. I’m an evangelical. Vince is a Mormon.

In the past 25 years, Vince has served a full-time, two-year proselyting mission and has held many positions of leadership within his local congregations, including time as a bishop. But he didn’t know which specific points of Christ-centered theology differ from the theology of Latter-day Saints and orthodox evangelicalism. And I didn’t know what Mormons believed either.

We began by exchanging book recommendations. Vince suggested I read James E. Talmage’s Jesus the Christ, a book first published in 1913 and one of the handful of approved readings for full-time LDS missionaries. I encouraged him to read Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski’s Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ.

Recently, we’ve taken up the conversation again and thought it might be worthwhile to share our discussion with the public. We…

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