Here are some interesting passages from the posts. First, Timothy Sandefur on Jefferson's creed and how Jefferson might have been right in his prediction that at the very least, small u unitarianism would be the dominant creed among the American masses.
Jefferson was what in his day was called a “unitarian,” and expressed the hope that some day all Americans would be unitarians. The term “unitarian” back then isn’t to be confused with the modern Unitarian Universalist Church—instead, the term reflected a much more reasoned, watered-down version of Christianity, and a good case can be made that most Americans are, indeed, what Jefferson’s generation would have called “unitarians.”
In my post I again posed the Mormon analogy to the Founding Fathers. Asking whether notable Founders like Jefferson, Madison, were "Christians" is not unlike asking if Mormons are Christian? If Mormonism doesn't pass one's test for "Christian" then it's likely that none of the so called "key Founders" [the first four Presidents, Ben Franklin and some others] would either. That led to a Mormon taking umbrage with my suggestion that Mormons aren't "Christian."
[I try to make clear that Mormons aren't "Christian" according to a particular TEST that conservative Christians -- the ones most likely to defend the idea of a "Christian Nation" -- impose; and if Mormonism flunks the "Christian" test, then so did the personal and political theology of the men who wrote the Founding documents.]
I realize that it was not your intention, in writing this article, to falsely represent the “Mormon” religion as being ‘non-Christian’. In fact, the correct title of the “Mormon” church is, “The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints”.
Now, what person, driving down the street, reading that sign on the side of a building could come to any other conclusion but that they were looking at a CHRISTIAN house of worship. The primary book of the religion is the very same Bible that is read and studied throughout Christianity. No doubt, your false conception (and that of the “evangelical Protestant and Catholic” critics [who, of course, are completely objective observers] arises from the fact that “Mormons” also hold as sacred another volume of Scripture entitled, “The Book of Mormon”....[T]he full title of the book is, “The Book of Mormon; Another Testament of Jesus Christ” and on the TITLE PAGE of the Book of Mormon, the purpose of that book is clearly stated. Is it to glorify a personage by the name of “Mormon”? Is it to to deify Joseph Smith, the ‘earthly founder’ of the religion? Let me quote, …..
“Which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL God, manifesting himself unto all nations…”
That is the stated purpose of the book, and, upon reading it, you would find the divinity of Jesus Christ to be its central theme, cover to cover. Its sole purpose is to promote Faith in and Obedience to Jesus Christ and the principles he taught. It testifies that He is the Savior of all Mankind, on all continents, all lands, and even the isles of the sea, not just the Jews in Israel. It fulfills the prohecy uttered from His own lips, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) It tells of how, after His resurrection, he appeared to His disciples on the American continent, showed them the wounds in his hands and feet, taught them His Gospel, healed the sick, and basically re-enacted the same things He did during His ministry in Isreal. So, if the Protestants and Catholics have one book that teaches and testifies of Christ, and that qualifies them as ‘Christians’, then you might be able to argue that Mormons have TWICE the reason to call themselves Christians as others who profess to be, but you would have a difficult time supporting the argument that “Mormons” are not Christians !!!