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Patrick Madrid and Elder Gary Coleman
Tape 1: Is the LDS "Great Apostasy" doctrine true?
Tape 2: Is the Catholic doctrine of the Trinity true?
In this historic and gentlemanly exchange, Patrick Madrid becomes the first Catholic apologist to formally debate an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). President Coleman was at the time an LDS Mission President in Southern California. He has subsequently been called to serve as a General Authority in the LDS Church (Quorum of the Seventy).
This exciting event was held in 1990 at a large Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before an audience of several hundred Catholics and Mormons. In this respectful yet hard-hitting exchange, the Catholic and Mormon positions on these two central issues are carefully laid out and then critiqued & defended. The LDS Church teaches that in the first few centuries of the Church, there was a complete apostasy that resulted in its utter failure, collapse, and disappearance until it was "restored" in 1831 by Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.
Patrick Madrid appeals to Sacred Scripture and the testimony of early Church history in his effort to demonstrate that this theory is not true. The section on the Trinity provides a spirited exchange in which the LDS speaker offers a critique of the Catholic doctrine of "One God in three Persons" and argues for the Mormon Church's doctrine that there are many Gods (i.e. "a plurality of Gods"). The audience Q&A section at the end of the debate is very illuminating. Many Catholics have used this dialogue tape set as a helpful apologetics tool in discussions with their Mormon friends. Informative, eye-opening, and exciting!
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Patrick Madrid is the publisher of "Envoy" magazine and its website, an award-winning journal of Catholic apologetics. He is a best selling author whose books including "Pope Fiction," "Search and Rescue," "Where Is That in the Bible?," and the "Surprised by Truth" series. He is also the host of two EWTN television programs, "The Truth About Scripture and Tradition" and "Pope Fiction."
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