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The Keystone of Mormonism Hardcover – July 23, 2003
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"The Keystone of Mormonism" is ostensibly a book about the Book of Mormon, which was written by the church's founder, Joseph Smith, and is presented by the church as literal scriptural history of ancient America. Arza's taken the title of his book from a comment by Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church) to the effect that the Book of Mormon is ".... The most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion..."
While the first part of Arza's book is about the Book of Mormon, and its many well-known and serious problems with science, the second half is a treatise on LDS doctrine and some of the darker episodes in LDS history. Woven throughout Arza's book is his clear and unmistakable conclusion that Smith was a con artist, adulterer, and a shrewd and calculating cult leader devoid of common standards of morality and decency. This, of course, is the polar opposite of how Mormons view their leader. The difference being largely due to the way in which Mormons are raised on a diet of official historical fiction/fantasy, while Arza's conclusions are drawn from his extensive examination of historical documents and even-handed application of standards for moral decency.
For devout Mormons, Arza's book will hardly be convincing.Read more ›
Evans' many years of impeccable research for this book is very evident in his unwaveringly honest and well organized approach. His sources are verbatim quotations from official LDS Church publications so they are unimpeachable. As a result, The Keystone of Mormonism is one of the most important analysis of the Book of Mormon and relevant LDS history written to date. It is highly recommended for the both the LDS reader and those interested in understanding the history of Mormonism. The author is a lifetime member of the LDS church, a former missionary, church leader, and former college professor. Evans' teaching expertise is evident in his writing. His personal style will engage the average reader, yet all his references are meticulously footnoted in the back of the book to satisfy the interests of the most ardent scholar.
The Keystone of Mormonism is a highly factual historical analysis of official LDS records but it is far from a dry historical read. What makes these facts so spellbinding and valuable to the reader is that Evans relates his historical discoveries in a voice that reveals his most personal inner reactions on his unfolding journey of discovery into official Church documented history. Ultimately his research reveals much more that is unsettling about Mormonism than he had counted on discovering and the challenge it presents to Evans faith will be echoed in the heart of every honest LDS reader.
The author goes beyond most books of this type and explores the sociological and control aspects of the Mormon Church. He shows how the Mormon Church manipulates and controls its members using many of the same techniques as the founders. He also discusses the egocentric nature of the early leaders and ethnocentric beliefs found in the Mormon Church. He demonstrates the level of lying and hiding the truth which was prevalent in the early Mormon Church. This lying and hiding the truth about the history and doctrine is still a common characteristic in the Mormon Church.
Criticism has been given in light of the "Trail of Lehi" and "In the Footsteps of Lehi." The "Trail/Footsteps of Lehi" book, lectures and tours have been discredited by the Mormon Church's own apologists, the FARMS organization. This includes the river, alters, names, locations and other information included in the book.
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I was born and raised in the Church, returned missionary, married in the temple, served on a Bishopric, BYU grad pushing 40 and had never heard the majority of the claims or... Read morePublished 3 months ago by al rei
This should put the final nail in the coffin for The Book of Mormon.
Great job.. awesome detail and references throughout
Well done, personal account about leaving Mormonism. Includes many references from the churchs own sources as well as emotional and personal insight into the negative effects this... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by john wojciechowski
After my father's dearest sister married a Mormon patriarch he began to investigate the LDS church and discovered the amazing history of deceit it was founded upon, and upon which... Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I loved this book! It was informative and often shocking to examine the Book of Mormon with an intellectual mindset.Published on December 11, 2010 by T. Olsen
A GREAT EXPOSE OF THE CHRONICALLY DISHONEST MORMON CHURCH (LDS CHURCH)
No matter how thinly you slice anything - it always has two sides. Read more
LDS apologists will no doubt trot out some version of the "nothing new under the sun" criticism in describing Arza's book, as some of my fellow Amazon reviewers have already shown. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by R. Sunshine
An Comically Inept Approach to the Book of Mormon
While the author describes this book as the fruit of twenty years research, this is one more stereotyped anti-Mormon... Read more