In a weblog editorial over at Crosswalk.com, Albert Mohler argues the need for Christians to practice theological triage by identifying essential Christian doctrines that need defending from the ongoing onslaught of secularism and from internal Christian doctrinal bickering. Here’s what he says about first-tier doctrines:
First-level theological issues would include those doctrines most central and essential to the Christian faith. Included among these most crucial doctrines would be doctrines such as the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, justification by faith, and the authority of Scripture.
His set of second-tier doctrines, such as the mode of baptism, tends to mark off denominational boundaries but these doctrines aren’t themselves essential to the core of Christianity. Then the third-tier issues “are doctrines over which Christians may disagree and remain in close fellowship, even within local congregations.”
Naturally, the question comes up : What are the essential Mormon doctrines that would show up behind Door No. 1? I’m not sure there is a Door No. 2 in Mormonism, but I would be quite happy to see Door No. 3 (things we can disagree on but still be good friends and good Mormons) populated with several doctrinal and historical positions that conservative Mormons put squarely behind Door No. 1. So what doctrines or Mormon historical touchstones would you like to have the behind-the-scenes stagehands move over to Door No. 3?