Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction


starting with a handful of contributors in 1830, the church that Joseph Smith based has grown right into a world-wide association with over 12 million adherents, taking part in widespread roles in politics, activities, leisure, and company. but they're an oddity. they're thought of healthy, conservative, and pleasant on one hand, and clannish, bizarre, and self-righteous at the different.

Mormonism: a really brief Introduction explains who Mormons are: what they suspect and the way they reside their lives. Written by way of Richard Lyman Bushman, an eminent historian and working towards Mormon, this compact, informative quantity levels from the heritage of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the contentious problems with modern Mormonism. Bushman argues that Joseph Smith nonetheless serves because the Mormons' Moses. Their daily non secular lives are nonetheless rooted in his conceptions of precise Christianity. They search revelation to resolve life's difficulties simply as he did. they suspect the authority to seal households jointly for eternity used to be restored via him. They comprehend their lives as a part of a religious trip that begun in a "council in heaven" earlier than the realm started simply as he taught. Bushman's account additionally describes the tensions and sorrows of Mormon lifestyles. How are Mormons to carry directly to their teenagers in an international of declining ethical criteria and rampant disbelief? How do rational, informed Mormons face up to criticisms in their religion? How do unmarried Mormons fare in a church that emphasizes family members existence? The ebook additionally examines polygamy, a few of the Mormon scriptures, and the renegade fundamentalists who tarnish the LDS picture whilst actually they are not members.

In a time whilst Mormons reminiscent of Mitt Romney and Harry Reid are taking part in sought after roles in American society, this enticing advent allows readers to pass judgement on for themselves how Mormon teachings form the nature of believers.

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