The Catholic Professor Who Championed Mormon Christianity Until His Death

The Catholic Professor Who Championed Mormon Christianity Until His Death

Many might not know Catholic professor Dr. Stephen H. Webb, but he did much to champion LDS beliefs, values, and scriptures. When most of the world refused to view Mormons as Christians, he publicly defended them, saying, “Mormons are more Christian than many mainstream Christians who do not take seriously the astounding claim that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Many, including Mormon scholars, are mourning the loss of this incredible man, who died March 5 at the age of 54.
“No contemporary non-LDS theologian engaged with Mormon theology with more care and rigor than Stephen H. Webb,” Blair Hodges of Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship told the Salt Lake Tribune.

He believed and demonstrated that Mormonism, particularly the Book of Mormon, was “obsessed with Christ.”

“When I actually read this book, however, I was utterly surprised,” he wrote. “Nobody stands out but him. ‘And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins’ (2 Nephi 25:26).”

And even though his initial writings quoted above show his respect for Mormon beliefs, he also withheld no criticism. However, shortly before his passing, Dr. Webb shared in an email to LDS Living that his views had “changed, grown, and deepened so much since then.”He went on to say, “I wrote that piece when I was at the very beginning of my journey into the Restored Gospel, and I have learned so much about, and from the Saints since then.”

Webb was adamant that studying Mormonism and meeting Mormons made him a better Christian.

To read more see LDS Living. (lead image also from LDS Living)

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Jeremy Goff was born in Denver and raised in Orem, Utah. He served a mission in the Manchester New Hampshire Mission (’12-’14). He is passionate about many things: he blogs, loves food, family, politics, and religion. He travels for work and loves to visit temples and share the gospel along the way! Follow Jeremy’s journey on his blog www.mylifebygogogoff.com

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