Previously, I noted how some Anglicans and Roman Catholics are moving even closer together, mostly due to their common political positions (Why Politics Matters). Likewise, there is evidence of evangelical Protestants and Mormons moving closer together:
[S]ince 2000, small scholarly teams of Mormons led by Millet and evangelical teams led by Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw have managed to hold 17 intense, closed-door dialogue sessions.
Christianity Today, “Most Improbable Dialogue”
That sounds reasonable enough, as an effort to clarify how they stand on various issues. However, the article goes on to detail how Mouw believes Mormons might be changing to a more “Christian” theology. Furthermore:
One undoubted factor in the search for better relations is that evangelicals and Mormons today unite on various moral issues and feel on the defensive, especially in shared opposition to same-sex marriage.
So, again, a political alliance is leading to some feeling that doctrinal differences are insignificant. I first noted this trend in Tim LaHaye’s book Mind Siege, in which he proposes a political coalition among conservative Christians, Jews, and Moslems. Because, you know, they really all believe in the same thing, as the New Atheists also tell us. Isn’t it funny how both kinds of political animals agree that all conservative religious types are the same?
On the whole, I favor conservative political positions and I think discussion among different groups is good. I also think it’s polite to not ascribe bad motives to someone just because of a doctrinal or political disagreement. However, I think that these sorts of religious coalitions are a mistake. The first mistake is identifying religious beliefs with political causes, and that leads inevitably to dilution of doctrine.
Finally, here are the results of a Christianity Today survey that give further evidence of impending religious unity:
Are Mormons Christian?
Don’t know 17%
Don’t know 15%
Don’t know 15%
Don’t know 27%
Don’t know 19%