Objections to the Mormon concept of God

The Mormon idea of God is a contradictory blend of pantheism and polytheism. As Mormons often say, As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be [BFR]. A god of flesh and blood, living on a planet (e.g. Kolob), giving birth to spiritual progeny, begs how on the one hand it is not polytheism (Mormons pray to heavenly father, not heavenly mother, nor to heavenly grand father, or heavenly uncle, while still believing that such do, or at least can, exist), and on the other hand how, in being made of self-existent, eternal, intelligent matter (the glory of God is intelligence), it is not a belief that the universe itself is God, or at least the seed of God.

Such a pantheistic and polytheistic blend is inconsistent with, and more complex than, the Jewish and Christian monotheistic heritage. In traditional monotheism, God is the un-caused cause, upholding and maintaining creation. Though there is still some debate, most monotheists understand God to have created from nothing. Perhaps more accurately, all things come from God and is created from God's energies. Otherwise, the claim that God is all powerful, knowing, and everywhere present is without meaning, if not superstitious.


Eliza Roxey Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, Deseret News Company, 1884.

©2001 David Egan Evans.