An Introduction to Mormonism

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Religion - 277 pages
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world. It is highly visible, with a massive missionary program, yet it remains a mystery in terms of its core beliefs and theological structure. This 2003 book provides an introduction to the basic history, doctrines and practices of The LDS - the 'Mormon' Church. Written by a non-Mormon it neither seeks to prove or disprove the truthfulness of the religious claims of that faith but rather to describe them in ways that non-Mormons can understand. Particular emphasis is given to sacred texts and prophecies as well as to the crucial Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism for the dead, through which human beings may achieve their divine potential. This rich comparative study offers an understanding of Mormon theology and ideas of humanity.
 

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Contents

The birth and growth of Mormonism
8
Prophets and texts
34
Divinehuman transformations
65
Death faith and eternity
91
Organization and leaders
116
Ethics atonement and agency
144
Priesthood stake and family
171
Temples and ritual
195
Identity opposition and expansion
225
Bibliography
255
Index of passages cited
262
General index
266
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