248: What happened to the Cross?: Michael Reed on Free Masonry, Roman Catholics and Mormonism’s perplexing relationship with the Cross

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Mormons don’t have a robust theology of the cross.  They are more inclined to say that, ‘We celebrate the Living Christ, not the death of Christ’.  Though Mormons claim to be Christian this defining sign of Christianity is missing, while other symbols taken from Free Masonry are abundant.   Michael Reed, author of ‘Banishing the Cross:  The emergence of a Mormon Taboo’ joins me to discuss how this circumstance came to be.

Link to Amazon:  “Banishing the Cross”





  1. David

    I’d like to see a return of the cross, but I don’t see that happening in less than 40 years out to the future.

    I don’t see enough of a movement for it’s resurgence within the church.

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