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A Proven Resource for Responding to Mormons

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.

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801063353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801063350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book merely outlines Mormon belief and responds with orthodox Judao-Christian theology. Why does this mean the authors are their enemies? I grew up in this church and know what I was taught and the authors do not misrepresent anything. I'm also rather amazed at the claims of some of the reviewers regarding the early Christian church and the Bible being translated over and over again by priest after priest. The Bible, whatever version, was translated from the original into English, and the New Testament is, in fact, the record of Christ and His church after His death. Other records also exist. There are, of course, different interpretations and different creeds, but there is no evidence that God reached down from on high and "removed" His church from the Earth and that "truth" depends on arcane organization or hand-shakes or obscene hugs and annointings or that a priest, or a bishop or even a pope has some sort of special powers, like a magician's license.

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.
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I've read some of the reviews here that continually blast this work. It's sad because most of these bad reviews are from Mormons who disagree with the authors for fear that the authors may be correct. The authors were extremely fair in presenting their well-documented evidence; unfortunately the evidence conflicts with Mormon beliefs, ergo reviews of cynicism followed. Those few Mormons who can read this book and not have the automatic reflex of dismissing it as "anti-Mormon" might actually glean some relevant information about the LDS Church. I've studied the LDS Church and each time I come across a work by non-LDS authors dealing with the LDS Church, the Mormons seemingly always display an "us verses them" mentality (the reviews here are case-in-point). This work provides great information and should be read by all interested in or a member of the LDS Church. Hopefully one day, books that speak fairly of the Mormon Church will not fall on the deaf ears of its members.
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I became very interested in studying Mormonism after I took some "missionary lessons" from Mormon missionaries who came to my door. They were nice young men but they were truly unable to answer many questions that I had. The difference between the content of their lessons and the content of the research I did is indescribable.

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.
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This is a great witnessing tool for when you talk to Mormons. It goes through each of the major points of Mormonism (Nature of God, Eternal Progression, Racism, Polygamy, etc.) and gives quotes from church leaders on the subject. A good number of the sources are from the History of the Church, Journal of Discourses, and D&C. So the material is coming from the source of what they believe in. Some Mormons say that the first two, HC and JD, are not part of the four standard works, yet where do you find Joseph Smith's "martyrdom" and them moving out west? It's a great book. Good for beginners and advanced searchers of Mormonism. Great tool to show that Mormonism is not Christianity, but a cult led my men and not individuals sent from God.

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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