I’m hoping that we can find agreement in a discussion about what separates Mormons and Evangelicals the most. We may not ever come to an agreement on all things, but at the very least we can agree about exactly what it is that we disagree about.
The idea for the this post came from a comment made by The Yellow Dart. He as an aside suggested that he thinks the thing that most separates us is the doctrine of “creation ex nihilo” (which means that God created everything out of nothing). I think that is for sure a key area of disagreement but not the thing that MOST separates us.
Instead I think our disagreements start and end with Joseph Smith. In every instance of conflict, everything boils down to the prophetic authority of Joseph Smith. Evangelicals hold him to be a false prophet and thus disregard anything new or contradictory to the Bible. Mormons hold him to be a true prophet and more relevant to our day and age. If we came to a mutual understanding of Joseph Smith virtually every other difference would fade away.
Am I wrong? Is there something more fundamental to our differences?