One Nation under Gods A History of the Mormon Church

ISBN-10: 1568582838
ISBN-13: 9781568582832
Edition: 2002
Authors: Richard Abanes
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Founded in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was initially perceived as a movement of polygamous, radical zealots; now in parts of the U.S. it has become synonymous with the establishment. In reevaluating its preoccupation with issues of church and state, Abanes uncovers the political agenda at Mormonism's core: the transformation of the world into a theocratic kingdom under Mormon authority. This illustrated edition has been revised and offers a new postscript by the author.

Richard Abanes is a freelance journalist and investigative reporter specializing in cults, the occult, world religions, and new religious movements. He is a former cult member but now is a devout Christian. Abanes was a researcher with the Christian Research Institute and founded the Religious Information Center (RIC) of Southern California. He has been a guest on radio and television talk shows including Hard Copy, EXTRA and Rolanda. He has been cited as an expert on religion and cults by the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Waco Tribune-Herald, and Christianity Today. Abanes has authored several books including American Militias: Rebellion, Racism and Religion, Defending the Faith: A Beginner's Guide to Cults and New Religions, Journey into the Light: Exploring Near-Death Experiences, and The Less Traveled Road and the Bible: A Scriptural Critique of the Philosophy of M. Scott Peck. His feature articles, news stories, and video reviews have been published in national magazines, including Bookstore Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma and Christian Life, Ministries Today, and Christian Research Journal.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Author's Preface
Introduction
Mormonism: The Early Years (1805-1830)
Vagabond Visionaries
The Smiths of Vermont
Into the Woods
Various Vision Versions
Curious Coincidences
Moroni, Magic, and Masonry
More Vision Revisions
A Company of Money-Diggers
Mormonism Meets Freemasonry
From Profit to Prophet
Bound In Bainbridge
Going for the Gold
The Art of Translating
Smith's Golden Book
All Manner of "Ites"
Indian Origins
Israel's Lost Tribes
Prophecy or Plagiarism?
History or His Story?
The Never Ending Search
Establishing God's Kingdom (1831-1844)
People of Zion
A Prepared People
Prophet, Seer, and Revelator
Building Up the Promised Land
No Rest for the Righteous
Calling All Lamanites
The Holy Ones of Israel
Say Goodbye to Independence
Zion's Camp
A Divided Kingdom
Woe In Ohio
Here Comes The Bride...Again
Banking Blunders
Meanwhile, Back In Missouri
Go West, Young Man
Big Trouble In Little Missouri
Settling On Sacred Ground
The Dissenters
Smith's Destroying Angels
Behind the Battle Lines
War In the Wilderness
Expelled As Expected
Divine Deliverance
March to Martyrdom
Joseph, Joseph, Joseph
America's Fighting Prophet
Lieutenant-General Smith
President Smith and His Council of Fifty
The Beginning of the End
Women, Wives, and Worries
Joseph's Final Conflict
Utah: Land of the Prophets (1845-1901)
A New Beginning
Claiming the Prophetic Mantle
Lawless Nauvoo
Moving On and Moving Out
King of Utah
Bloody Brigham
Brigham Young vs. Uncle Sam
The Judgment of God
Sacrificial Acts
Vengeance Is Ours
After Mountain Meadows
Wars and Rumors of Wars
A Winter of Conflict
An Uneasy Truce
Brother Against Brother
Smith's Civil War Prophecy
Years of Waiting
The End of An Era
Unholy Matrimony
The World According to Mormonism
Conjugal Complexities
More Is Never Enough
Respecting Your Elders
Why? Why? Why?
The Bible Tells Me So
The Politics of Compromise
The Mormon Underground
An Eternal Doctrine
God's Mind Changes
Network of Deception
Going Mainstream (1902-2002)
Making the Transition
The Reed Smoot Case
Rise of the Fundamentalists
Polygamy Today
Decades of Change
Mormon Racism: Black Is Not Beautiful
Pride and Prejudice
Segregation According to God
Benson's Battle
Welcome to the Temple
Cursed Until When?
Is Mormonism Christian?
America's Non-Christian Christians
Blending In
On What A Tangled Web
The Cult of Mormonism
Cover-Ups, Conspiracies, and Controversies
Unhistorical History
Thinking Is A Sin
The Mormon Purge
Skeletons In the Closet
Hofmann's Deadly Documents
Dunn In God's Name
Mormon Games
America's Mormon Destiny
Glossary of Mormon Terms
Notable Mormons
Abraham's Book?
Failed Joseph Smith Prophecies
Recommended Resources
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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