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Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. For those who have wondered in what specific ways Mormonism differs from the Christian faith, Mormonism 101 provides definitive answers, examining the major tenets of Mormon theology and comparing them with orthodox Christian beliefs. Perfect for students of religion and anyone who wants to have answers when Mormons come calling.
"This volume is the best available for a fair and accurate assessment of the theological claims of Mormonism."--Mark L. Strauss, PhD, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego
"Clearly shows the difference between Mormonism and Christianity in a factual way without belittling or demeaning Mormon people. I strongly recommend Mormonism 101 to both Christians and Mormons who really want to understand each other."--Marvin W. Cowan, missionary, Missions Door
"A sophisticated book in plain language that both Mormons and the non-Mormons who love them will find relevant, respectful, closely reasoned, and meticulously documented."--Paul Carden, executive director, The Centers for Apologetics Research (CFAR)
"A well-documented yet readable overview of the LDS religion, including discussion of the Mormon concepts of multiple gods, extra scriptures, secret rituals, and the means to attain eternal life."--Sandra Tanner, Utah Lighthouse Ministry
"An immensely helpful book. Bill and Eric have done an enormous amount of research, and they make key beliefs accessible and understandable."--Sean McDowell, PhD, author, speaker, and professor
Bill McKeever is the founder of Mormonism Research Ministry in El Cajon, California, and the author of Answering Mormons' Questions. Eric Johnson also works with Mormonism Research Ministry. McKeever and Johnson are coauthors of Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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And since I spent so much of my first twenty years attending classes and seminary and sunday school and fast and testimony meeting and the dreaded stake conference, I can speak (for you Mormons, make that "spake") or testify in court if you'd like that Mormon's regularly misrepresent the theology of Christian churches, and in fact, say that the Roman Catholic Church and by association all other apostastolic churches are the "Church of the Devil". Pretty ugly stuff that! This book, by contrast, is at all times respectful, while challenging the Mormon's theology.
I notice that those who give the book one star, advance the odd idea that challenging someone's ideas and scholarship constitutes "persecution". Good grief. Talking openly about ideas, religion, politics, history, etc. etc.Read more ›
I've read several books now, including the controversial, The God Makers. I prefer Mormonism 101 to any book I've read because this book documents and references everything very well. Not one thing is claimed without very accurate proof.
However one thing I have noticed to be consistently true is that believing Mormons are very difficult to talk religion with. Overall they are programmed to deny anything that the church has successfully kept from them their whole lives. In the beginning I was really shocked at how few Mormons know anything about their religion. And who can blame them? At their church and on their official website not one word of anything the Mormon church wants to keep from them is mentioned. The most truthful accusation I've ever heard about the Mormon church is how much they sanitize their history and teachings. IT IS SO TRUE.
Even the Mormon bishop that I got to know over time denied to me that Joseph Smith was ever a polygamist. He was a very kind man but obviously like most Mormons, very ignorant to the truths of Mormon history. He even joked with me and said that if the Mormon church had to do it over again they definately would not have named their big university after Brigham Young because now there is so many things about Brigham Young that is exposed on the internet that is causing deep problems and embarrassments to the Mormon church.Read more ›
The only complaint I have is that it was published in 2000, so the modern quotes from the current church leaders are not in it. But I think there is a newer version? I'm not sure.
The most important thing to remember when witnessing to Mormons is to focus on the nature of God. If the god of Mormonism does not match the God of the Bible, then it is a different gospel (Galatians 1:8). They believe that they can become gods and that there where gods before God, while God says in the Bible there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10 & Isaiah 44:6) and that He, the all knowing God, doesn't even know about other gods (Isaiah 44:8). They believe that Jesus did not do enough and does not cover all of our sins and that we have to do works to do our part (2 Nephi 25:23), but the Bible says Jesus is more than enough (Ephesians 2:8-9). Basically, Mormonism says Jesus+works/ordinances/baptism While Christianity stands with the Bible in hand which says Jesus+nothing! Mormonism-Jesus=Joseph Smith Christianity-Jesus= Nothing.
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There are many flaws contained inside this book. Interestingly enough, McKeever asks the following question on page 10:
"Should we study the latest trends coming out... Read more
I purchased this book hoping to learn a thing or two more about the Mormon religion (hence the name "Mormonism 101"), but all I had gotten was another account of polemical... Read morePublished 8 months ago by eric
If you have ever wondered if Mormonism is just an denomination of Christianity or if it's another religion entirely, or you need help explaining this to others, I urge you to pick... Read morePublished 9 months ago by The4thDave
In the past, Mormonism has been labeled a cult and its teachings have been criticized for being contrary to the Bible, a book which Mormons claim to believe. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jon Gibson
I was asked several months ago by a ministry colleagu if I had any resources on Mormonism. I really didn't, other than perhaps a chapter in an overview of world religions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James R. V. Matichuk
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for my honest review.
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Mormonism 101 by McKeever and Johnson lives up to its subtitle. It is a comprehensive and thorough examination of Mormonism. Each topic is treated fairly and in a factual way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marsha
When I was a freshman in high school, I was in a class with a few other homeschoolers. We were presenting papers on a certain topic and one of the girls in my class said,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
"Mormonism 101" presents a detailed, document-supported record of Mormon history and belief. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer