Mormonism

ISBN-10: 0195310306
ISBN-13: 9780195310306
Edition: 2008
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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-daySaints 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 theauthority 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 areMormons 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 Mormonscriptures, 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.

Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University.Reid L. Neilson is assistant professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.Jed Woodworth is a Ph.D. candidate in American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

List of illustrations
Introduction: What sets Mormons apart?
Revelation: How Joseph Smith's revelations set the pattern for every Mormon to seek inspiration
Zion: How the organization of the City of Zion constituted Mormons as a people as well as a church
Priesthood: How the Mormon priesthood is both hierarchical and democratic
Cosmology: How Mormons understand the meaning of life
Nineteenth-century Utah: How old ideals and new struggles formed Mormon identity
The Mormon world: How Mormons left their homeland and fought to retain their distinctiveness
Articles of Faith
Notes
Further reading
Web sites
Index

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