To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church Paperback – July 29, 2003
Wiley Summer Savings Event.
Save up to 40% during Wiley's Summer Savings Event. Learn more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Library Journal
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Most Mormons have a very limited understanding of their own church's history. The LDS church goes to great lengths to suppress any history of their religion that is not "faith promoting" and have even "changed" history to make it less troubling. They discourage members from reading material they deem inappropriate. Because of these policies most church members are taught a very simplified, sanitized and inaccurate version of history. Then when they read a book such as this that exposes some of what really happened, they lash out by exclaiming they are "lies" and "anti-Mormon" propaganda and they give the book a poor rating. If you look at the one star ratings of this book, you will notice that they are almost all by Mormons who feel the history of their church has been wrongly depicted.
One of the other things you will notice from Mormons who are upset about what is written is that they will never say exactly WHAT is inaccurate. They will never be specific. Whenever I ask an active LDS to be specific about the "lies," they will usually just say "everything." Others will admit that they never really read the book, but they "heard" it was anti-Mormon propaganda.
This type of angry terse response is understandable, however, considering the indoctrinization that they have gone through. Having a belief system challenged is very unsettling. Many Mormons, however, have learned and accepted some of the "shady" history of the Mormon church and are still active, believing members - with a somewhat different perspective.Read more ›
But I also am now faced with some things about my church that I confess, I do not understand how it can be true. But I looked up some of the things Mr. Abanes talks about, and I found his references to be completely accurate. Again, I don't understand how this could be.
Everything is changing and Mr. Abanes' book has opened my eyes to, I suppose, truth. However, this is not pleasant. His explanation on polygamy, Utah life in the 19th century, and how our prophets have been leading us is disturbing. But the documents and quotes are there, which show what has been going on. This book has changed me, my thoughts, and I think, it might change my life. I need to read more. For now, this book seems like a good history, although not a pleasing one to have to read.
And despite my own investigation, which has been very deep, Abanes was still able to furnish several bits of data I never knew-- those missing pieces I could not find on my own.
My heart is heavy, but my mind and soul have been enlightened. It's time to move on, and I encourage other Latter-day Saints to do the same thing. Abanes' book is a great place to start learning the truth. It contains no sarcasm, no anti-Mormon comments, no nasty tone so often present in books about the church. The tone is respectful, fair, and true.
I quote one of my favorite shows: "The truth is out there."
Richard Abanes meticulously sifts through the facts surrounding the early history of Joseph Smith and his followers in One Nation Under Gods and presents perhaps the most complete treatment of Mormon origins yet published. The result is understandably controversial as the official mythology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is shown to be built upon fantasy, deception, paranoia, and violence. Given the respectable image presented by contemporary Mormonism, the untidy events of the past are quite shocking, but Abanes backs up his claims with extensive documentation.
The book is divided into four sections detailing the period leading up to John Smith's "revelations", the development of the Church as a separatist movement in various states and the reaction against them, the institution of a Mormon theocracy in the Utah territory, and the mainstreaming of Mormon beliefs beginning with Utah's statehood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want a realistic view of the Mormon church from a past Mormon taking into consideration like all EX... of any religion it isn't the most favorable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by styarbrough
This is the best treatment of the subject I have found. Of the at least 15 books I have read on the subject, this is the book I would recommend first to all who are interested in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must read for all former Mormons or those looking to leave this cult. My family has been in since the beginning as henchmen for Joseph Smith!Published 11 months ago by Smooth Sailing
Nearly every single claim is backed up with a source. If you claim that your LDS faith can never be rocked, prove it by reading this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brian Larsen
This is really supper-de-duper good! Excellent in every way! I've been a Mormon for 51 years. Every Mormon (Or anyone thinking of becoming a Mormon) should read this book! Read morePublished 15 months ago by LT
The book starts with a forward from Brigham Young's great-great.etc...granddaughter. She is a very great speaker on the subject, as I've watched her speeches on YouTube, so this... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Meggi