Take, for example, the Latter-day Saint doctrine of the trinity or Godhead. LDS Church Apostle James E. Talmage distilled Mormon teachings on the subject as follows: “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are as distinct in their persons. … Yet their unity of purpose and operation is such as to make their edicts one, and their will the will of God.”
This formulation has excited charges of Tritheism.
Neither the United Methodist Church nor the Catholic Church, for example, accept Mormon baptisms as valid in part because, in their opinion, it does not involve “a true invocation of the Trinity.”
In recent decades, however, the so-called “social” model of the trinity — which closely resembles the Latter-day Saint conception — has won numerous converts.
“The Trinity,” writes Social Trinitarian Clark Pinnock “is a ‘transcendent society or community of three personal entities. Father, Son and Spirit are members of a divine community, unified by common divinity and singleness of purpose. The Trinity portrays God as a community of love and mutuality.’”
Scholar Dale Tuggy identifies the social model as one of “the two most popular approaches to understanding the doctrine of the Trinity.” More recently, Christian scholar Carl Mosser lamented the 30-year “proliferation” of “theologies that claim the Social Trinitarian moniker.”
But the movement within Christianity toward Mormon theological positions is not limited to conceptions of the Trinity.