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An Introduction to Mormonism

An Introduction to Mormonism

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Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520645

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  • 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.

    • Introduction to one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world
    • A serious examination of Mormon texts as the basis for theological thought
    • Places Mormonism in the context of other denominations, belief systems and sociological trends
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520645
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The birth and growth of Mormonism
    2. Prophets and texts
    3. Divine-human transformations
    4. Death, faith and eternity
    5. Organization and leaders
    6. Ethics, atonement and agency
    7. Priesthood, stake and family
    8. Temples and ritual
    9. Identity, opposition and expansion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Douglas J. Davies, University of Durham
    Douglas J. Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. He is the author of numerous books including The Mormon Culture of Salvation (2000) and Death, Ritual and Belief (2002).

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