Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition

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University of Illinois Press, 1987 - History - 211 pages
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"Shipps has found a way to understand the Mormons that will truly please both believers and non-believers." New York Times Book Review"This may be the most brilliant book ever written on Mormonism. It is insightful, inspiring, and original and sure to become a landmark work on the subject." Richard L. Bushman, author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism
 

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This book is excellent and was just what I needed while investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from September of 1989 through March of 1991. Written by a historical author, who was not a member of the faith, I found that it helped answer many of my questions about the history of the Church. Because of this book and reading the Book of Mormon I received my testimony that Joseph Smith was called as a Prophet of God and restored the fullness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. Becoming a member has been the greatest blessing of my life. 

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Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition

Contents

Prologue
1
In the Beginning
25
History as Text
41
Reformation and Restoration
67
Getting the Story Straight
87
In and Out of Time
109
The Millennial Vision Transformed
131
A Chronology of NineteenthCentury Mormonism
151
Notes
169
Bibliography
193
Index
203
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About the author (1987)

Jan Shipps is the author or editor of several books on Mormonism, including" Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons".

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