Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Mar 25, 2008 - Religion - 144 pages
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Beginning with a handful of members in 1830, the church that Joseph Smith founded has grown into a world-wide organization with over 12 million adherents, playing prominent roles in politics, sports, entertainment, and business. Yet they are an oddity. They are considered wholesome, conservative, and friendly on one hand, and clannish, weird, and self-righteous on the other. Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction explains who Mormons are: what they believe and how they live their lives. Written by Richard Lyman Bushman, an eminent historian and practicing Mormon, this compact, informative volume ranges from the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the contentious issues of contemporary Mormonism. Bushman argues that Joseph Smith still serves as the Mormons' Moses. Their everyday religious lives are still rooted in his conceptions of true Christianity. They seek revelation to solve life's problems just as he did. They believe the authority to seal families together for eternity was restored through him. They understand their lives as part of a spiritual journey that started in a "council in heaven" before the world began just as he taught. Bushman's account also describes the tensions and sorrows of Mormon life. How are Mormons to hold on to their children in a world of declining moral standards and rampant disbelief? How do rational, educated Mormons stand up to criticisms of their faith? How do single Mormons fare in a church that emphasizes family life? The book also examines polygamy, the various Mormon scriptures, and the renegade fundamentalists who tarnish the LDS image when in fact they're not members. In a time when Mormons such as Mitt Romney and Harry Reid are playing prominent roles in American society, this engaging introduction enables readers to judge for themselves how Mormon teachings shape the character of believers.
  

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Good introduction to Mormonism. - Goodreads
A very educational and interesting read. - Goodreads
Great little introduction. - Goodreads

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A very educational and interesting read. I did find the organization of Tue book a bit chaotic. Read full review

Review: Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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This is an excellent brief overview of Mormonism and Mormon history, a perfect place to begin or end one's research, depending on one's interest, into the LDS religion and its past. Much of the ... Read full review

Contents

What sets Mormons apart?
1
How Joseph Smiths revelations set the pattern for every Mormon to seek inspiration
16
How the organization of the City of Zion constituted Mormons as a people as well as a church
35
How the Mormon priesthood is both hierarchical and democratic
49
How Mormons understand the meaning of life
64
How old ideals and new struggles formed Mormon identity
81
How Mormons left their homeland and fought to retain their distinctiveness
103
Articles of Faith
117
Notes
119
Further reading
121
Web sites
124
Index
126
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About the author (2008)


Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University. An authority on Mormon history, he is the author of Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America (with Claudia Bushman) and the best-selling Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling.

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