Are Mormons Christian? For a new take on that timeless question, go read The Nicene Creed and Christianity at Positive Liberty (the post includes several paragraphs from an LDS correspondent). It features a link to The Nicene Creed by Clayton Cramer, another libertarian blogger, again with several paragraphs on Mormonism's view of the Creed. Honestly, I didn't know anyone else really cared. I did think Mr. Cramer, having linked to two posts from the All About Mormons responses page, should have linked to its Are Mormons Christian? page, too. It posts a half-dozen LDS variations on the "of course we're Christian" response.
Finally, here's an enlightening paragraph from Olson's The Story of Christian Theology:
Gradually the idea of writing a unifying and compulsory creed summarizing "the ancient faith of the church" in as few words as possible arose and gained popularity. ... The Arians and their sympathizers argued strongly for use only of biblical wording. Alexander and his aide Athanasius recognized this as a ploy. The Arians had become adept at "Scripture twisting" so that any biblical terminology could be interpreted in their favor. The only way to bring closure to the debate and make clear once and for all that Arian subordinationism was heretical was to use extrabiblical terminology that clearly spelled out the unity of the Father and the Son as equal within the Godhead.
Now am I the only one who finds the Evangelical reliance on the Nicene Creed -- which is built on extrabiblical language and concepts -- to exclude Mormons from their circle of Christian fellowship to be fundamentally inconsistent with the Evangelical view of the Bible as containing the complete Christian revelation? It seems like either the Bible is complete and the Nicene Creed an unauthorized or non-canonical addition, or else the Bible is incomplete and further revelation is needed, be it the Nicene Creed or something else.
Just my thought for the day. [And I'm trying to get back in line with my three-paragraph rule.]