As some of you might know, I enjoy listening to the Mormon Expression podcast on a regular basis (still haven't worked completely through all the past episodes, but I'm getting closer). Earlier today, they released an episode in which podcast host John Larsen interviews Grant Palmer. It was quite an interesting interview, and one in which Palmer laments the LDS Church's failure to focus quite as fully as they might on Jesus and what he taught. I recommend giving the podcast a listen. But the interview as such isn't what caught my attention most; rather, it was a remark that John Larsen made from 27:45-28:26, which I transcribe as follows:
I've said this before to some of the listeners, but when I was struggling with faith, I started reading a little bit, like I said, in the Bible, and I realized quickly that I did not understand what I was dealing with. So I got two books, I got one on the history of the church - you know, the Christian church - and I got another basic systematic theology book. And I'm no expert in those today, but I soon realized that I had no idea, you know, I just-- there'd been these questions, these debates going on for two thousand years, deep theological thinking - not like some flippant 'servant of Satan trying to deceive', but people really trying to understand - and I realized I didn't even understand the basic questions they were asking.
What thoughts do you have about the awareness of the typical Latter-day Saint - or, to pinpoint the situation even more crucially, the average LDS missionary - of broader Christian thought?