Stephen Webb (professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College — and someone who is clearly up on his Mormonism), in his thoughtful piece at First Things writes (ht: sidebar):
“Mormons connect the atonement more with the Garden of Gethsemane than with the cross, since they think that is where his greatest agony took place”
This is an assertion that bothers me some. I wonder if what we see here is now cultural over-belief on the part of Mormons who espouse it. Perhaps it is an attempt at boundary maintenance, but if so, it is neither justified by scripture nor much of current rhetoric (there is plenty of mid-twentieth century speech to the point though). And of course there are differing views about the nature of Christ’s atonement not only among Christians in general but among Latter-day Saints in particular. However, I won’t taint your opinions with too much information. What I want to know is what *you* think or perhaps, what you think the Church currently teaches.
And what the heck. Here’s a poll.
If you have a different view, explain.