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Mormon Doctrine Hardcover – 1966

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret; 2nd edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884940624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884940623
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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129 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Maine on April 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
First of all, let me start out by identifying myself as a devout Catholic evangelist. Over the past year, the study of comparative religion has interested me greatly, and at first, my approach to study was marred by the use of unreliable and biased resources. I made the mistake of trying to learn about Mormons by reading anti-Mormon literature. However, what I found there (in books such as The God Makers, Kingdom of the Cults, etc) was not only appalingly uncharible and vindictive, but also appalingly deceitful and false! Unimpressed with their rhetoric and straw men tactics, I decided instead to do what I should have done in the first place; ask the Mormons what they believe.
Aside from the BOM and D & C, this is the first resource I purchased. The layout was impressive - very easy to use, concise, and well cross referenced. I was at first dismayed at the lack of an index, but that became a moot point since the book is so well laid out. Furthermore, although I know this is of course not scripture any more than the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas are to Catholics, it does present a good yet fallible summary of, well, Mormon Doctrine. My only complaint is that McConkie is a bit too brief in covering some points, and doesn't always give references to relevant sections in the canonized books of the Mormon Church. Because of this, further study is not always easy to persue. On the pro side of that, this book can rightfully be considered a "primary source" when citing, by and large.
While I still disagree with many aspects of Mormon theology, at least now I can be confident that what I am stating on a particular point is actually what the LDS church believes.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M. Summers on June 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The unusual thing about McConkie's Mormon Doctrine is that it has little to do with the loving, gentle image presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its advertisements. Bruce McConkie's approach may be disconcerting to many non-LDS, but his candor makes Mormon Doctrine well worth the time.
I seriously recommend this volume to all those persons who are investigating the theology of the LDS simply because it addresses so many issues which will probably not be discussed during investigator classes and missionary meetings. In other words, practically all of the Gospel Doctrines of the Restored Church are presented in alphabetical order, with reference sources clearly noted. I personally feel that Mormon Doctrine is a wealth of information concerning one of the fastest growing Faiths in the world. So, if you are interested in learning more about "Intelligences", "Heavenly Parents", "Eternal Progression" and the "Father of God", Mormon Doctrine is the superb resource. Elder McConkie pulls no punches, and the clarity of his expositions on his Faith make his work understandable on all levels.
The style of Mormon Doctrine is very forthright, clear, and authoritative. Although at the very beginning of the book there is the caveat that Mormon Doctrine does not necessarily represent the views of the Church, and thus represents only the views of the author, the book is clearly one of the standard references in official Church publications, with references being made to it frequently in Sunday School manuals and other publications.
At this point, I must state that Elder McConkie's references to non-LDS Churches (and especially Roman Catholicism) tend to be rather harsh, so please keep that in mind when reading Mormon Doctrine.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rondall Reynoso on June 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with several Mormon friends and my brother has converted to Mormonism. As a result I have had quite a few dialogs with Mormons. I found that I was woefully unprepared. So I began to study the Mormon religion. When I asked Mormons such as my brother about their beliefs I would get responses that were couched in terminology I as an "mainstream" Christian would find palatable. It was hard to find out what Mormon's really believed. I had other resources that were produced by "mainstream" Christians. However, these resources dealt with archaine theologies that while they are historically accurate are different from what most LDS believe today. MORMON DOCTRINES is an invaluable resourse to understand the current beliefs of the LDS Church.
The first step in being able to talk to someone about their faith is understanding their faith. This is especially important in being able to bridge the language gap between Mormonism and "Mainstream" Christianity. MORMON DOCTRINE is especially good for this due to its encyclopedic format. Common terms such as Salvation, God, The Holy Ghost and Heaven can clearly be examined.
While I strongly disagree with the doctrine promoted in MORMON DOCTRINE it is an indispensible resource for understanding what Mormons believe.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Bruce R. McConkie's first book is a touchdown! Set up as a cyclopedia, "Mormon Doctrine" has several thousand entries on topics relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as Aaronic Priesthood, Jesus Christ (the most cross-refenced entry), Atonement, Evolution, and Zion. His uniqe spiritual and theological endowments are shown plainily in the many entries in the book. It is a must for any new convert or seasoned scriptorian who wishes to know more about Mormonism. It is also valualble for the student who whishes to have a quick, one-volume work on the faith of the Latter-day Saints.
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