Since my article on embracing the Community of Christ into orthodoxy came out, I have had a few people question me (respectfully) on this. Their main concern, as was mine, was the fact that the Book of Mormon is still considered scripture by the Community of Christ. I would like to respond to this.
Two things need to be understood with regard to the Book of Mormon. First of all, the radical Mormon doctrines do not appear in the Book of Mormon. In fact, there is very little theology in it. While Jesus does appear, not much is said about his nature. Secondly, in the Community of Christ, unlike the LDS, the Book of Mormon does not supersede the Bible. Their theology is very much based on the Bible.
More than this, however, we must ask what is the basis of salvation? Is having the proper limits of biblical canon a requirement for salvation? What do we say about our Roman Catholic and Orthodox friends? What do we say about those early Christians who accepted books like the Gospel of Peter, Epistle of Barnabas and Shepherd of Hermas? We may not agree with the Book of Mormon, but if the Community of Christ accepts the Trinity, incarnation, and salvation by grace, it is hard to say that they are not Christian.