Continuing our Mormon Stories/Mormon Matters podcast series on the Neo-Apologetic movement within Mormonism, John and Dan Wotherspoon interview guests Loyd Ericson and Bert Fuller.
This interview focuses on the book Perspectives on Mormon Theology – Apologetics, available from Greg Kofford books and edited by Blair Van Dkye and today’s panelist, Loyd Ericson. We are also excited to have guest Bert Fuller provide his observation and commentary on the subject.
The term “Neo-Apologetics” attempts to describe the recent efforts of faithful scholars like Richard Bushman, Terryl Givens, Fiona Givens, Patrick Mason and others to defend/bolster LDS faith in spite of major recent intellectual challenges to the LDS church’s credibility, and truth claims.
Instead of relying on ad hominem attacks of critics, unconvincing and non-credible “scholarly” answers to concerns about LDS truth claims, and the general gas-lighting of doubters, Neo-Apologetics attempts to rely on a more pastoral approach to defending/bolstering faith, including showing empathy for doubters, dropping ad hominem attacks, and providing more “nuanced” and/or post-Modern language/philosophy/approaches to dealing with challenges to Mormon truth claims.