Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 72

INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN H. WEBB - Metzger deeper territory and reflect on what Mormons have to offer the rest of us. Mormonism is a unique branch of the Christian tree. There’s much fruit there to be enjoyed and pondered. PLM: In view of the preceding, how would you respond to the view that theology is autobiography? Along these lines, please share with the readers how your personal relational journey with Mormons has shaped your views. SHW: All good theology is biography. There’s a lot of bad theology out there, by which I mean theology that is just argumentative, conducted without the guidance of the Holy Spirit and devotion to Jesus Christ. Theology should reflect a spiritual journey and be informed by spiritual goals. My study of Mormonism has changed me. I am a better Christian for it, not just theologically but personally, spiritually. Mormons are my brothers and sisters in the faith, and I always learn from them and profit from studying their way of following Jesus. I have been very blessed to be a fellow traveler of the Mormon theological adventure. PLM: Looking to the future, how do you sense the conversation between traditional forms of Christianity and Mormonism will develop in years to come? SHW: I am really excited about my new book, written with my good friend and BYU professor Alonzo Gaskill. He is a great writer and clear thinker and a very generous thinker, very engaging and very smart. The book is not an argument or polemic. It is a shared journey into each other’s churches and into a deeper understanding of what Catholics and Mormons hold in common. It is the first book ever written by theologians comparing, in dialogue form, Mormonism and Catholicism. It is also very readable. I think we shed new light on ancient truths, but we keep the conversation very practical and relevant and real. I hope you get a chance to read it. If you do, let’s do another interview! 71