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An Introduction to Mormonism

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world. It is highly visible, with a massive missionary program, yet it remains a mystery in terms of its core beliefs and theological structure. This timely book provides an introduction to the basic history, doctrines and practices of The LDS - the 'Mormon' Church. Written by a non-Mormon it neither seeks to prove or disprove the truthfulness of the religious claims of that faith but rather to describe them in ways that non-Mormons can understand. Particular emphasis is given to sacred texts and prophecies as well as to the crucial Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism for the dead, through which human beings may achieve their divine potential. This rich comparative study offers a new understanding of Mormon theology and ideas of humanity.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The birth and growth of Mormonism; 2. Prophets and texts; 3. Divine-human transformations; 4. Death, faith and eternity; 5. Organization and leaders; 6. Ethics, atonement and agency; 7. Priesthood, stake and family; 8. Temples and ritual; 9. Identity, opposition and expansion; Bibliography.

About the Author

Douglas J. Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. He is the author of numerous books including The Mormon Culture of Salvation (2000) and Death, Ritual and Belief (2002).


"This wide-ranging, thorough, an dperceptive work is as accessible to the layperson as to the scholar and provides an important contribution to Mormon studies." Nova Religio "Davies describes the landscape of Mormon belief with insight and originality" - The Journal of Religion Jill Mulvay Derr, Brigham Young University

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