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The Meaning of the Ascension for Christian Scholars

APRIL 2007: ESSAY by Stephen T. Davis I What exactly is the Ascension of Jesus? It is a purported event, narrated only in Luke-Acts (Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11) but referred to or implied in very many other places in the New Testament.1 The essential claim is that the risen Jesus parted from the disciples on earth by being bodily taken up into heaven. As it says in Luke, "he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven" (Luke 24:51).…
Stephen T. Davis
April 16, 2007
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Are Mormons Christians?

Recently I participated in a theological conference at Brigham Young University. It was called, "Salvation in Christ: Christian Perspectives." Six Latter Day Saints (LDS) scholars participated as speakers, all of them impressive and serious faculty members in the Religious Studies department at Brigham Young University (BYU), and nine representatives from what I will call historic or mainstream Christianity. They included six Protestants, two Catholics, and one Greek Orthodox pastor. Evangelicalism was well represented.1 Although this was my second visit to…
Stephen T. Davis
January 16, 2003