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The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration [Kindle Edition]

Tad R. Callister
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Why do we need a thorough knowledge of the reality -- and the depth -- of the Apostasy? It is the key to our understanding the need for a Restoration! Evidence of the removal of Christ's church abounds not only in the scriptures but also in the writings of early Christian leaders, particularly those who lived not long after the Apostles. This remarkable volume collects the best available evidence and presents it with unmistakable clarity. The material is detailed enough to appeal to gospel scholars, yet accessible enough to benefit any member of the Church. Centering on thirteen powerful arguments for the reality of the Great Apostasy, this book will forever heighten your appreciation of the Restoration.

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covers all the bases, October 09, 2006
By Marcus

This is a thorough survey of early Christian writings, historical documents, scripture, logic, and reason. Heavy referencing to the Ante-Nicene Fathers, which is a monster compilation of translations of the early Christian fathers. While the early fathers also had much error mixed with truth in their teachings, the purpose here was to see patterns and trends among the early writers. Many of the doctrines of the Restoration can be found in these patterns and trends. What is impressive about this is that Joseph Smith, an uneducated farmboy in the early 1800s, when none of this was available, could introduce doctrines that do have precedent in these documents, without acess to these documents, is truly a miracle. I found the scriptural arguments even more impressive, as early Christian writings were all over the place, so they can not definitively answer all the questions. However, their writings, coupled with scriptural, logical and historical arguments, present a compelling case. Again, all from a backwoods farm boy. In these 1000s of years since Christ, the best of scholars have not accomplished such a feat. If it's so easy to do, then why not? Perhaps because Joseph Smith's source material for his works were as he claimed, from a Higher Source.

About the Author

Tad R. Callister practiced law for thirty-four years in a family law firm in California, specializing in tax and business matters. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in accounting, a juris doctor from UCLA, and a master’s degree in tax law from New York University. He has served in the LDS Church as Area Authority Seventy, bishop, stake president, and regional representative, and currently serves as president of the Canada Toronto East Mission. He is the author of the bestselling book The Infinite Atonement.

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  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041KLD5G
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the Great Apostasy! July 31, 2006
This book is a persuasively written piece of historical accuracy. The author uses scripture, early Christian writings and common sense to paint the picture of how the early church apostasized from the true Church that Christ established in the meridian of time. One only needs to read the first few chapters to determine that the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of a great apostasy after the death of the apostles. This book is great from a non-LDS standpoint in that it allows the reader to sift through the evidence presented and then make a determination whether an apostasy has really occurred. It is not overbearing in its arguments but presents facts and scriptures so that anyone who has a desire to find out whether the original church apostasized or not can do so. The author also provides the most common counter-arguments to his conclusions which further illustrate the historical research that was undertaken in order to produce this exceptional book.

It is a highly recommended read for any Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the recent books on the Great Apostasy February 18, 2008
Years ago I had read "The Great Apostasy" by James Talmage which focused on the abuses that occurred in the middle ages and touched lightly on what occurred immediately after the apostles deaths since he did not have access to the writings of the early church fathers. Recent research has shown how quickly the Apostasy occurred immediately after the time of the Apostles. It is fascinating to see how fast the doctrines changed. Callister's summarizes that data. The other two books I've recently read are "Turning From Truth: A New Look At The Great Apostasy" by Alexander B. Morrison and "Where Have All the Prophets Gone? Revelation and Rebellion in the Old Testament and the Christian World" by Scott R. Petersen. Both are also good books with Morrison's being a shorter book that conveys the ideas very concisely and Petersen's book longer using more data, but presenting it in a different way.

Callister's book is probably my favorite of these three recent books. It is the longest of the three and is very well organized. You can tell that the author is an attorney by the way he presents the data. He started this project by reading the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, a 10 volume collection of the writings of early Christian authors and noting the doctrinal differences from mainstream Christian church and how well they aligned with LDS doctrine. He had been given these volumes as a gift from his brother years before and when he finally started reading it he started on this project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read-- September 14, 2009
This is really an exceptional,logical,persuasive,intellectual,factual and easy to read book. This book gives historical application on why the apostasy was a given. The author builds on that premise while logically shifting to when, why and how the restoration came about. After reading this book I don't see how any one could doubt the great casasm away from the early church, its doctrines and the theology behind it. Having shown by more than a shadow of doubt that the Apostasy took place, leaving humanity, all of Gods children without the vehicle to move them closer to the Saviour, a restortation was not only needed but actually took place. My spouse who had an eye disability in her youth, with surgery latter in life, did not develope the love of reading, yet this book was refreshingly open and easy to read. Common logic was used to give more evidence than any logcical person would need to be persuaded to believe that things happened they way the author states they do. Like the book YES.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Info, Not So Good Writing April 13, 2012
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Overall a wealth of information about the early Christian church (AD 100-300) and its deviation from the original New Testatment teachings and leaders. It seems the author Callister started with too broad an outline and felt compelled to write something for each little element in the outline. The book in general lacks an interesting flow of ideas. However, the author does get the flow going when he discusses evidences in the 10th cahpter, and really gets it going in the 14th chapter with many citations from the early Christian fathers and from later reformationists. In short the book provides really good info from not-so-good writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kris
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will use it as a reference for many years to come, I'm sure.

Although there are many dispensations of apostacy and restoration documented throughout the scriptures (during the days of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc), this book covers the Great Apostacy following the Savior's death. The strength of this book is that there are numerous biblical accounts/prophecies that support each point taken as well as documentation from early Christian historians. When you couple that with the modern revelation of the Church of Jesus Christ and the untarnished accounts recorded in the Book of Mormon, the Great Apostacy is undeniably a reality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 23 days ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book . Excellent author
Well documented. Very convincing. Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Richard Higbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to repudiate
Callister is an extremely careful researcher, using his words like challenges to send you to the library to prove his statements. He has not lost yet -- at our house!
Published 6 months ago by Geri H. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book - well written, author considered a wide variety of sources -- well documented.
Published 6 months ago by Wintergreen
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Wonderful well documented book.
Published 9 months ago by John L. Franson
5.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly replacement for Talmadge's "The Great Apostasy". A must...
I have recommended this book to all my senior missionary friends as a "must read". It documents how doctrines were changed then lost in the tragic apostasy following the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by bb lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Enlightening
I couldn't put this book down. Ever since I visited Italy and the tour guide said, " As you know, the Catholic Church practiced baptism by immersion until the eleventh... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Does a good job of showing the nature of Apostasy
This book shows that Christian beliefs certainly have changed from the early church to the Protestant Reformation and from the Reformation until now. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeremy Tarbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth proclaimed!
The book is very informative and well-researched. Evidence is clearly stated and counter viewpoints are thoroughly addressed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Janene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a book for reserachers and thinkers! It is wonderfully written-concise and to the point. the footnotes are well documented and lead one to really think and ponder.
Published 16 months ago by jane turvaville
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