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What Mormons Believe [Kindle Edition]

Robert M. Bowman Jr.
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Book Description

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is as American as apple pie," writes Robert Bowman in this booklet-length introduction to the Mormon faith.

Addressing the growing curiosity of the American public, Bowman leads with a synopsis of former governor Mitt Romney's Mormon heritage and then recounts the history of the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS) from Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to the present. Bowman concludes with a summary of the unique tenets of faith arising from the Book of Mormon, pointing out places of divergence from typical evangelical readings of the Bible.

Bowman's snapshot of this most American of all religious movements makes for essential reading as we enter election season.


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About the Author

Robert M. Bowman Jr. (M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D. candidate, South African Theological Seminary) is the director of research for the Institute for Religious Research. His books include Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Word-Faith Controversy, Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (with J. Ed Komoszewski), and Faith Has Its Reasons (with Kenneth D. Boa). Bowman taught apologetics and biblical studies at Luther Rice Seminary for five years.

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  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0830837701
  • Publisher: IVP Books (June 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4CHY6
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Robert M. Bowman, Jr. is a seasoned scholar, researcher, and Christian apologist. A former researcher at Christian Research Institute, he has a master's degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and an earned doctorate from South African Theological Seminary; and has taught, both in seminary and university classrooms. He has also authored or co-authored at least a dozen books and approximately 60 articles; and is currently the director of research at the Institute for Religious Research in Grand Rapids, Michigan ([...]).

When Bowman writes, I pay attention, because he is a careful researcher and he does his homework. As a result, his writings are invariably helpful, informative and well-thought-out. This booklet, "What Mormons Believe," is no exception. Bowman correctly views Mormonism, not as a branch of Christianity, but as a cult; however, his tone is not mean-spirited, but informative. This booklet is an overview of Mormonism; and is, therefore, refreshingly short, and can easily be read in one sitting; nevertheless it covers a lot of ground regarding Mormonism, and touches on the place of Mormonism in American business and culture; a short history of Mormonism; the Book of Mormon; Mormon doctrines; and a biblical response to Mormonism; as well as a suggestion at the end on how a Christian can share their faith with a Mormon.

This booklet was originally a chapter in the book, "A Guide to New Religious Movements," (2005), edited by Ronald Enroth. This booklet (2012) is an updated, expanded version of that chapter. It also contains 3 features that I found especially helpful: First, his booklet begins with a short exploration of the Mormon background of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and the place Mormonism occupies in his life.
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Like Brigham Young who said on record that people like us live on the moon and the sun. That onedid it for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent concise informative October 23, 2012
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This pamphlet is an excellent informative tool that will help those who want to explain what mormonism really teaches
I highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful and Timely October 16, 2012
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has experienced a growing influence in the previous generation. They are now the fourth largest religion in the United States with an membership of 14.4 million. Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has helped the church grow in prominence and recognition. Yet, this combination of Republican policies and Mormonism has proved confusing for many Evangelicals. While we maintain similar positions on the major moral issues of our day - same-sex marriage and abortion, specifically - our worldviews are still radically different. So, what are conservative, Evangelical voters to do with someone like Mitt Romney? Do our theological differences prevent us from supporting a Mormon presidential candidate?

The key issue in this discussion is coming to an understanding of Mormon history and theology. Robert Bowman has produced a very short and very helpful introduction to the basics of Mormon thought. He quickly traces the history of the religion and the key ideas within the church. Then, he offers a succinct Christian response to the claims and beliefs of Mormonism. We are all prone to assuming that we understand an issue and dismissing it just as quickly. However, there is considerable wisdom in coming to understand those with whom we disagree. Other religions are no different.

In our increasingly post-Christian culture it is important for believers to understand their non-Christian neighbors and our secular culture. Handbooks like this one provide a welcome and necessary addition to any Christian's library.
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Robert M. Bowman, Jr., has a BA from California State University, a master's in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently a PhD candidate in biblical studies at South African Theological Seminary. He teaches biblical studies at Cornerstone University and serves full-time as director of research at the Institute for Religious Research, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, he taught apologetics, theology, world religions, philosophy, and biblical studies at Luther Rice University and Seminary and at Biola University. He is the author of a dozen books and nearly sixty periodical articles. He and his wife Catherine have two boys and two girls.

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