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Tuesday February 9th 2016

Howard W. Hunter on Modern Criticism

Howard W. Hunter
14th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Howard W. Hunter

What of spiritual values and the religious ideals of past generations, which have been the great stabilizing influence on society? Modern thinkers claim these have been the great deterrents to man in the freedoms he now seeks. There is a great effort on the part of so-called modernists to change religious beliefs and teachings of the past to conform to modern thought and critical research. They de-emphasize the teachings of the Bible by modern critical methods and deny that scripture is inspired. The modernist teaches that Christ is not the Son of God. He denies the doctrine of the atoning sacrifice by which all men may be saved. He denies the fact of the resurrection of the Savior of the world and relegates him to the status of a teacher of ethics. Where, then, is hope? What has become of faith?

The Old Testament unfolds the story of the creation of the earth and man by God. Should we now disregard this account and modernize the creation according to the theories of the modernists? Can we say there was no Garden of Eden or an Adam and Eve? Because modernists now declare the story of the flood is unreasonable and impossible, should we disbelieve the account of Noah and the flood as related in the Old Testament?

Source: Howard W. Hunter, “Where, Then, Is Hope?,” Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 129-132. Howard W. Hunter was the fourteenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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