Some questions have been raised about terminology used in these posts, and I suppose it makes sense to clear up some of the confusion.

The first relates to my use of the term “God.”  Usually in these posts I use that term synonymously with “Father in Heaven.”  I understand that usage is theologically imprecise, as all of the members of the Godhead–the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost–properly are referred to as “God.”  But Jesus has a unique and recognizable title (Christ), as does the Holy Ghost (all we really have for him is a title).  So, if I use “God” to refer to our Father in Heaven, by no means am I making some kind of statement that Jesus Christ is not God.  It’s more a matter of a lazy guy who wants to type three letters instead of three words.

The second relates to the word “Mormon.”  The Church has long encouraged the use of its full name:  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  But most of the world knows us as “Mormons,” and the term never has bothered me much.  I think the Church itself is relenting a bit, as evidenced by its use of the URL “mormon.org,” which primarily is targeted to non-members.  In these posts I will frequently use “Mormon” or “Latter-day Saints” as shorthand for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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