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  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802868584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802868589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Richard J. Mouw is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His many other books include Uncommon Decency, Praying at Burger King, and Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction.

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Richard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago) is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is a Beliefnet.com columnist and the author of numerous books.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blair Dee Hodges on January 22, 2014
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This book is the product of Mouw's ongoing efforts to educate the evangelical community about his ongoing work with Mormonism. Mouw believes the atmosphere of Mormon/Evangelical interaction has too often been toxic and infused with polemical pollutants. The Amazon reviews and resulting comments provide plenty of evidence that strong feelings prevail and the air is murky. Mouw hopes to clear the air by example.

The book is largely conversational; Mouw says deep theological engagements aren't the focus of this volume. Instead, he describes his interactions with several prominent Mormons-from BYU professors to an apostle-and exhibits some of the fruits of these discussions. The bulk of the book tackles three questions evangelicals frequently raise about Mormon perspectives: Whether they believe in the "same Jesus," what they believe about the authority of the Bible, and what is the role of Joseph Smith as a claimed prophet. He argues that these examples suggest that the divide between Mormons and evangelicals may not be as wide as they think. Perhaps the book's most repeated plea is for evangelicals to cease entering the conversation believing they already understand what Mormons believe.

Even though the book is framed as an invitation to evangelicals, Mouw makes his motivation clear by affirming his desire to change Mormonism to align more closely with his own Calvinist perspective. It's evident he does not see a need for evangelicals like himself to adjust their own theological perspectives in exchange. The main "invitation" here is for evangelicals to first seek to understand Mormonism more fully, and second, to help shift Mormon views closer to those of evangelical Calvinists.

How can they accommodate this shift?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Bailey on December 16, 2013
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An evangelical friend wanted me to read this book as a starting point for a good discussion between us (I am a Mormon). I found the book to be enlightening and fairly accurate, which is so unusual when evangelicals write about Mormon doctrine. I'm so glad Mouw has found common ground to bring about a dialog between two branches of Christianity.
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I'm Helen's husband, Cal.
If you're not religious, in other words, if you're open to the Spirit of God, and if you want to expand your mind into new horizons of God's wisdom, get this book. Richard Mouw is not a liberal. I see no sign that he is compromising his biblical standards. But God is beginning to show him that the Mormon Church isn't exactly what most evangelicals have been led to believe it is. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has many flaws but. . . . (See the book for more.)
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Gibson on July 17, 2012
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On page 38 of theologian Richard J. Mouw's new book, "Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals" (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), the author recounts a telephone call from an LDS man who, 10 years after his baptism, was questioning whether he was a Christian.

Mouw asked the following questions , quoted from the book:

How many Gods are there, I asked.

Well, there is one Godhead, made up from three divine Persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he responded.

Will you ever become a god like them?

Oh no. I hope I'm becoming more Christ-like, but only the three Persons of Godhood are worthy of worship. More like God -- yes. To be a God -- no way!

What is the basis for your salvation? Do you earn it by your good works?

No, my good works can't save me. I'm saved by grace, through the atoning work of Christ on the Cross. My good works -- those I perform in gratitude to what He has done for me.

Mouw assured the caller he was a Christian, and he also told the man to remain a Mormon, so long as he can give those answers without reproach to his LDS leaders. That anecdote, delivered in this slim, valuable volume, shows the wisdom of the author. There is nothing untruthful in what that man told Mouw.

There are Latter-day Saints who would chastise the man for choosing to become more like God rather than deciding to be like God. And there are evangelicals who will jump all over the man's statement that the Godhood is comprised of three divine persons. Mouw offers the rational response -- why diminish that man's beautiful testimony of Christ's atonement?

Mouw, who has angered some evangelicals, is not an apologist for Mormon doctrines that he disagrees with.
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18 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Anson (aka "Mr. IT") on August 13, 2012
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BOOK REVIEW: "Talking with Mormons: An Invitation To Evangelicals" by Richard J. Mouw
Reviewed by Fred W. Anson
(as published on Beggar's Bread)

Scolasticus Consummati
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Richard J. Mouw's book "Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals" represents his maiden voyage into the vast sea of Mormon Studies books. As such, anticipation of a valuable and timely message was high given his bio:

"Richard J. Mouw has served as president of Fuller Theological Seminary since 1993, after having served the seminary for four years as provost and senior vice president. A philosopher, scholar, and author, Mouw joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

A graduate of Houghton College, Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.

Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books..."[1]

Indeed, Dr. Mouw has had a long and distinguished career and many of his books, particularly those on Reformed, Creedal Theology are recommended reading.

Out Of His League
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Of course, given such an impressive resume, there's an expectation that this book should be well written, and it is. Dr.
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