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Patheos Guide to Mormonism (Patheos Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Taysom
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Called a "quintessentially American" religion, Mormonism has developed into a world religion that has attracted the attention of academia and media in new ways. From its early 19th-century beginnings to its high profile position in the early 21st century, Mormonism has built a 180-year history of institutional growth and has entered the mainstream of American culture and the larger religious community. Mitt Romney's candidacy for U.S. President has brought new attention to the religion, and invited multiple questions about what the Church of Latter-day Saints believes, practices, and values. In the Patheos Guide to Mormonism, readers will be introduced to the beginnings of the Church, including the role of Joseph Smith, and the ways it developed; beliefs, rituals, practices, and the life of the community are carefully explained. Study questions follow each section so that students can use the text as a guide to learning.

Stephen Taysom is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Cleveland State University. His research interests include the history of religion in America, New Religious Movements, ritual studies, and theory and method in comparative religious studies. His publications include Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds: Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries (Indiana University Press, 2010) and Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Reader (Signature Books, 2011).

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  • File Size: 2691 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Patheos Press (June 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008913FUE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good discussion of the LDS religion February 16, 2013
By Shasta
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As a member of the LDS religion, I have read many articles attempting to describe the teachings of the LDS church. Most of them get things wrong. In my opinion, this book was well-written and accurately described the church's teachings and practices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest (!) Guide to Mormon Belief and Practice October 4, 2012
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This short book thoroughly, carefully, and objectively provides as complete as possible in this scope an honest overall picture of Mormon history, theology, and social organization. This is a timely subject because, as I write this, it is one month before an election which could for the first time put a Mormon in the White House. There are frequent complaints that Mormons are not Christians. (I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints BECAUSE I am a Christian and I believe that "Mormonism" best represents Christianity in its truest format.) This book takes no stand on the position; rather, it provides the information and lets the reader decide what to think about it.

Having spent a large part of my time during this presidential election defending my Church from detractors who know nothing about it and believe outrageous lies, I wish I had had this book to refer them to. I urge all people who are not Mormons and who are sufficiently open-minded to listen to the testimony before rendering a verdict to read this short, quickly read book. It will not cause them to become Mormons, but it might make them more open-minded about Mormons and less judgmental and prejudiced. I strongly recommend it. I see no need for Mormons to read it unless they want to, but for those who want some answers to give to detractors, this book contains them.

Anne Wingate, author of Scene of the Crime and other works of fiction and nonfiction
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