Why would Joseph Smith be such a thought leader? Hal Boyd remarks:
Since the beginning of the LDS Church, Christendom’s catechists have largely dismissed LDS teachings as heretical. Yet in recent decades, Christians of all stripes have espoused — on both biblical and philosophical grounds — theological positions that were once considered distinctly Mormon.
Doctrines such as spiritual gifts, a social view of the Godhead, deification, post-mortal evangelization, divine embodiment and continuing revelation are just a few of the teachings once thought anathema that are now championed by an ever-expanding coterie of Christian thinkers.– Hal Boyd – Are Christians Mormon?
What does this say about Joseph Smith if contemporary Christian theology is converging in his direction?