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Inside Mormonism Paperback – June 15, 1999
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It contains an excellent refutation of the mormon doctrine of the total apostacy of the Christian Church, both from scripture and history. When it comes to doctrine the book accurately describes what the LDS Church teaches and quite a few facts that the LDS leaders would like to hide in the closet. The reviewers who have claimed that it does not accurately represent LDS doctrine give no specific examples. One is tempted to think they cannot.
As a fourth generation member of the LDS church who converted to christianity and later to the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church, I heartily reccomend this work.
As we have seen examples of in other reviews of this book, members of the LDS Church are unable to believe that someone may have left their religion with honourable intentions, simply being convinced that it is not true while another faith is.
Instead they impute former members of the LDS religion with innumerable sins (most often sins of a sexual nature) which have allegedly weakened their faith in mormonism and made them want to find a set of moral standards that are easier to live with. They love to demonize their opponents. Which (of course) is standard cultic behaviour.
When it comes to the Catholic Church, such critiscism is laughable, given the fact that it for instance does not allow for the use of artificial contraception, divorce and remarriage or abortion under any circumstance, while the LDS faith does.
The research and documentation on this book is well done and gives many jumping-off points for further research, even separating the worthwhile references from the rabid. It includes in its appendix the four different accounts of Smith's Vision.
This book is no short read but is fascinating and I would highly recommend it to both those who want to know how to talk intelligently with Mormon missionaries, as well as Mormons who have misgivings about Mormonism's incoherent theology, or its continually self-negating scriptures and elected prophets, or why Mormonism is uniquely apprehensive about sharing all of what it believes to outsiders and lower-ranking insiders.
I find it hard to believe that those who dismiss this book have actually opened it. Even those who are convinced that their branch of Mormonism is right would be ill-advised to ignore such a thorough work.
Our children have not converted as many of their friends have. And several of those who did convert have returned to their Catholic Roots. The Mormons do not give you a full understanding of their beliefs until after you are baptised Mormon. It is very important to do studies on your own beiefs as well as Mormon beliefs if you live here in Utah and this book has been the most helpful. If it full of references and I have checked them with the Mormon books and found them to be accurate.
The LDS church is not the only church that requires a moral family life, tithing, good works, and strong principles. All christian churches do. We need to remember this, and also remember that history, research, and archeologic evidence will back up our christian beliefs. This book goes into all of this evidence and helps you get a true picture of comparing the religions. It's a must read if you are raising a family in Utah.
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I top book from an author who knows how to objectively evaluate religious beliefs. Should be required reading by the public who sign up for a religion that promises them whatever... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tom Graves
This books does a beautiful job contrasting LDS beliefs with traditional Christian doctrine.Published 15 months ago by Amy O. Davis
Funny how the 1Star reviews ARE NOT by verified purchasers of this book.Published 18 months ago by ThatGuyLA
This is a big book with a lot of good information. The author explains the topics very well.Published 22 months ago by NightTiger
Very in depth. Mormonism under the microscope of its own theological discontinuity and rational dead ends. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Brandon Bosch
There seems to be a bit of a slant in the presentation of Mormonism. He creates clear support for the connection of Mormonism and Masonry, but then doesn't propose with full... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Jake
This is very academic and plodding. There some very interesting insights but I haven't been able to finish it because it is quite tedious.Published on August 23, 2013 by Quinn Silvers
As a devout Catholic, I wanted a book that explained Mormonism from a Catholic perspective. I was appalled at the tone of this book!!! Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Rodrick Micmac