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How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon & an Evangelical in Conversation Paperback – April 20, 1997
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About the Author
Robinson (Ph.D., Duke University) is professor of ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He has written Are Mormons Christians? and Believing Christ.
Top Customer Reviews
Both authors are peers who pracice their religions. Both know the doctrines of their denominations. Both say they don't "officially" represent either side... but they try to convey the beliefs to the best of their understanding. From my personal experiences with both sides, both authors are pretty well on target. The Mormon side wasn't written by any of the top Mormon leaders. However, the Evangelical side wasn't written by any of the top Evangelical leaders, either-- and I think that was part of the point of the book.
I wouldn't like someone coming to me and saying, "You believe such-and-such", as if they can read my mind-- espcially if it wasn't true, and they really didn't know what they were talking about. How insulting! ~That is something this book tries to cut through.~ (For example, some thump on the Adam-God theory-- yet, Adam-God is not even in the official Mormon canon, and I have devout Mormon friends who don't embrace that theory.)
The book was a fair look at both sides, done in a Christian spirit of love and respect. It was well worth my time and money.
This book lets a knowledgeable Mormon state his religious views in his own words, comparing them with evangelical positions. An evangelical does the same thing, and the two authors' writings complement each other well. I thought that Robinson was at his strongest in his questioning of the evangelical views of the Trinity, and Blomberg was strongest in stating reasons he believes the Book of Mormono was written in the 19th century. (FWIW, I think they're both right about these.)
I sometimes wonder if the harsh critics of this book have really read it. It's as objective of a look at Mormonism and evangelicalism as you're going to find anywhere. I'd highly recommend it for anyone familiar with evangelical jargon who is studying Mormonism, and for Mormons who want to know what other Christians believe. I think both will be surprised.
Though the authors are very direct and honest about how strongly they feel about their positions (as they should be), they are unbelievably charitable. There is a lot to be learned here, not just for those interested in learning the language the other groups speak and how they define some terms differently, but in learning the language we all should speak; that of love.
My only complaints come in some factual blunders committed by the authors. Some of them are pretty big too, and for the most part show an ignorance of history.
The first big one occurs on page 39 when Bloomberg is discussing how the canon of Scripture came about, he refers to the councils of Hippo and Carthage as "Ecumenical" councils. This is simply untrue. The councils were actually provincial or local councils, and certainly did not include all of the world's Catholic Bishops as do ecumenical councils. This may seem minor, but the distinction is actually massive in regards to the authority of the council's decisions.
The next red flag came about on page 57, where Robinson is discussing what it means for Scripture to be inspired. In the last full paragraph of the page, he states what are, in my firm opinion, ideas contrary to 2 Peter 1:20 (even though he quotes that verse in the next paragraph). My advice therefore is simply to refer to that passage carefully as you read this page.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exceptional treatment of an important topic by two fine scholars.Published 4 months ago by Daniel K Judd
Lovely book! Great for understanding of what is LDS all about. However can be a little long winded. :/ :/Published 10 months ago by Dominic Leong
The authors do a great job of highlighting and explaining the core differences in beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints and mainstream evangelicals.Published 17 months ago by JimBob56 M.
While doctrinal differences exist, both sides can learn that we're closer than each thinks on many points. It shows that neither side understands the beliefs of the other. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Phil Howell
Towards the end of this book, the two authors list the "foundational propositions of the Christian gospel as we both understand it" followed by a list of "the following... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Herbert W Johnstok
I was eager to read this book and see what arguments were made on each side and I could not have been more disappointed. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by travel lover
Let's face it -- a lot of folks want to ban religion entirely. This is a serious threat. They don't like religion, religious values, or even the idea of God. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by C J Campbell
Gives an honest look at the opposing beliefs. I'm a Mormon (used to be a Baptist) and I learned a lot by reading it. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by James R. Matthews