I had a friend who was raised Protestant and converted to Mormonism. Was very into it's historical teachings and would say things like "we're the real Masons" and such. Even considered Muhammad a prophet. We spent many hours discussing Mormonism. Anyway, from what I know of the doctrines, I view Mormonism, despite it's recent watering-down and attempt to be "legitimized" in the public sphere and perceived as a Christian denomination (Mormons aren't Christians, which both my friend and most Christian priests: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, or otherwise would agree with) as an inbetween of the Aryan-solar and Semitic-lunar spiritual traditions. Or, the Aryanization of Christianity. Especially given it's greater virility and warlike historical roots. Aryan-solar spirituality holds, roughly, that men are descended from the gods or doesn't draw as distinct a separation between them. The Aryo-Buddhist tradition has a story where Price Siddhartha visits and confronts the supreme Brahma himself and declares himself, despite his threats of being cast into a lake of fire and other punishments, like, he claims, ascetics who came before him, superior to him, and ultimately prevails due to perseverance. The Stoic-Hellenic tradition declares that (according to Epictetus, IIRC) men like Diogenes of Sinope were "rightfully called gods" and that they were fit to live with then at the Pantheon. Seneca even stated in a letter that the only difference between men and gods is time. The Semitic-lunar tradition holds essentially that, to paraphrase a Jewish book I once read while attending a Synagogue, "men must humble themselves and their puny intelligence before the almighty". The LDS belief system (which Mormonism is apart of) seems to fit roughly in-between these two extremes. Essentially, that Humans are the descendants of Heavenly Father and his multiple wives who, should they adhere and live according to LDS doctrine, become gods and continue to have children in the next-life who will populate other worlds or alternate universes, just as Heavenly Father, who was once born a Human, did prior to becoming this world or universe's god. Seeing as Mormonism holds that revelations haven't stopped since Jesus's time, this growing tradition may lead to some interesting future developments. Perhaps even a splintering into further Aryanized sects. I'm not a scholar in these fields and hopefully haven't misrepresented these traditions' views too grossly. Thoughts?