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A Different Jesus?: The Christ of the Latter-day Saints Paperback – April 14, 2005
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Are Latter-day Saints Christian, or do they worship a different Jesus? In this engaging book based on the foundational Mormon documents, Robert Millet clearly explains why Latter-day Saints claim to be Christians and compares their understanding of Jesus with the views of traditional Christian believers.
A leading Mormon scholar who has spent much of his career in conversation with traditional Christians and their writings, Millet discusses what constitutes Christianity and examines how the Latter-day Saints fit or do not fit within that rubric. Intended to inform rather than to convince or persuade, "A Different Jesus? clears away misconceptions and doctrinal distortions that characterize more polemical works about Mormonism. Millet points out the many beliefs that Latter-day Saints hold in common with traditional Christians, yet he also emphasizes differences where they exist.
"A Different Jesus? initiates and will foster a significant dialogue between Latter-day Saints and traditional Christians. Of special value are a lengthy chapter that answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Mormonism, a glossary showing how key theological terms are defined by Latter-day Saints, and evangelical scholar Richard Mouw's foreword and afterword, which help set an agenda for future discussions between these rich religious traditions.
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Its publication clearly marks a significant advance in the relationship of evangelicals and Latter-day Saints. In the past all that was available in Protestant bookstores was the badly informed, highly polemical literature written by the partisan anti-Mormon element of the countercult industry.
Without realizing it, those who have turned to this literature for an understanding of the Church of Jesus Christ have done something analogous to consulting Nazi propaganda for an understanding of the faith of Jews or to old Communist propaganda for an understanding of American life and culture.
Latter-day Saints can also benefit from giving careful attention to Millet's presentation of their faith to Protestants. If there is a weakness in Millet's book, it stems from his inattention to the historical elements in the faith of the Saints and thus his inattention to the sophisticated literature on the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
Sorting out theological issues for evangelicals, as useful as that is, still leaves the crucial truth questions bracketed. However, by publishing Millet's book, Eerdmans, a leading evangelical press, has now made available in Protestant bookstores a sound, nonpolemical presentation of the fundamentals of the faith of the Saints.
Pastor McDermott, who is a Lutheran pastor and college professor has concluded after careful study that, "Evangelicals and Mormons agree on lots of things about Jesus. Many evangelicals are surprised to learn, for example, that Mormons believe not only that Jesus is the Son of God but also that he is God the Son. I find that many evangelicals have somewhere picked up the idea that Mormons deny the deity of Jesus Christ. They are often amazed to learn that, unlike Jehovah's Witnesses and other groups they typically classify as "cults," which do indeed deny the deity of Christ, Mormons declare emphatically that Jesus was and is incarnate God. ... I have to say that evangelical agreement with [Mormons] on Jesus is significant and, when compared to a history of evangelical denunciations of Mormonism, remarkable." (pg. 63,64)
This book is written with the intent to inform rather than to persuade. There is no proselyting in this book. It is simply a thorough description of who Christ is to the Latter-day Saints, what we believe about him and why.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who sincerely wants to understand how Mormons view Christ. They will come away well-informed, and with a deeper understanding of whether or how the Jesus we believe in is fundamentally "different" than the Jesus they believe in. Those who value increased understanding as indispensable to loving one's neighbor will enjoy this rich resource.
-ME: Is the Jesus that you follow the same Jesus that we read about in the New Testament?
+EVANGELICAL BROTHER: "Yes"
-Did this same Jesus, after his resurrection, walk, and talk and eat with his disciples in a very real and physical way?
+ "Yes, he did"
-Sometime after this event did this same Jesus ascend in a very physical way and promise to return in the same fashion someday as was witnessed by others?
-So this same Jesus is at this very moment located somewhere in the universe right now is he not?
+ "Yes, i suppose so"
-Could this same Jesus come and stand here right next to us in a very real and physical way right now if he so chose?
+ "Yes, i suppose he could"
-For the sake of illustration let's pretend that this same Jesus did in reality choose to physically be here- and that he is standing right here next to us right now. Could we not speak and interact with him in the same fashion that you and I are interacting with each other right now if he so chose to do so?
-I could put my hand on his shoulder just like this could I not?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chose it to help me answer my non member daughters objections to my choosing LDS. Love his easy to read style. Hope she gets it. Still hoping she will find the happiness I have.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a non-Latter Day Saint who respects LDS culture and traditions, a question that continues to trouble me is this: Much of what I've read (from LDS sources and non alike)... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sean Woody
An excellent read. The beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints concerning Jesus Christ as God's Son and our Savior are clearly explained with easy to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JimBob56 M.
Compares and contrasts LDS doctrine with that of "mainstream" Christian denominations. Considers who is really mainstream with the New Testament and who is mainstream with... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by S. Whitaker
Some Evangelical Christians are attempting to practice information control by blocking the book's publication in a Christian venue, and its distribution in Christian... Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by CougaNova
Dr. Robert L. Millet (born 1947) is a professor of ancient scripture and emeritus Dean of Religious Education at BYU in Utah, who also appears frequently as a commentator on BYUTV... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Steven H Propp
This is another fantastic work in a long line of Robert Millet's writings. In his traditional manner, the book is a solid, thorough, and accurate examination of the subject. Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by P. Powell
I wish to direct the attention of all readers to the inane drivel spewed so copiously forth by the scandal-mongering, agenda-driven reviewers who assigned a one- or two-star rating... Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Kevin D. Taylor
The mormon belief is strong, there is no doubt. Unfortunately, their belief is misguided in Jesus Smith, Joseph's alter ego.Published on June 24, 2007 by Bells4u