From Nicholas: I'd sayMormons especially share more in common with Muslims who see Jesus as a great prophet and they look forward to him coming again. But I don't think we'll be calling them Christian either!
JWs on the other hand think that Jesus is Michael the Archangel. They don't see him as divine at all.
I think that if you do not believe in the Trinity, you are not Christian.
Although it does not really matter to me where we put the Mormons and JWs, I think it is pretty evident that those sects are Christian heresies
, just as Arianism and Gnosticism were.
The Arians and Gnostics did not believe in the Trinity (and many other essential Christian doctrines) either.
What does one do with clearly
Protestant sects like the Unitarians, who also deny the Trinity? Should they also be classified under Other Non-Christian
The reason I think the JWs and Mormons should be placed under the heading of Protestantism
is because they did not arise in a vacuum, but in the social, cultural, and doctrinal milieu of Protestant North America. They are the products of the Protestant mindset.
To place them in the category of Other Non-Christian
is to give the impression that they came into being independently and sprang full-blown from the minds of their respective "prophets."
I do not think that is the case.
Jehovah's Witnesses would not exist if not for 19th-century chiliastic American Fundamentalist Protestantism.
Mormonism would not exist if not for a combination of chiliastic, revivalist American Protestantism and Freemasonry.
If one examines the views of many Protestant sects closely, one sees that they are very nearly as heretical as the JWs and Mormons, regardless of the lip-service they pay to the doctrine of the Trinity and to the Nicene Creed (which they thoroughly misunderstand and misinterpret).
Perhaps we should create a separate category for Christian heresies and include the JWs and Mormons in that, along with the Arians, Gnostics, etc.
But where does that leave Protestantism?
Is it merely schismatic or heretical?
I would argue for the latter classification, although I am a former Protestant.