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Mormonism : A Very Short Introduction - Richard Lyman Bushman


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 26th June 2008
ISBN: 9780195310306
Number Of Pages: 144

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Written by the dean of Mormon studies, Richard Bushman...this book -- a Berlitz guide of sorts to the complex world of modern Mormonism -- is probably the most efficient way to grasp what it means to be a Mormon today."--Samuel Morris Brown, The Wall St. Journal "An elegant, even-handed introduction."--Catholic Herald "Engaging...Bushman s latest work may indeed be very short, but it simultaneously provides eloquent and sophisticated answers...deftly makes many aspects of Mormonism comprehensible." --BYU Studies

List of illustrations
Introduction: What sets Mormons apart?p. 1
Revelation: How Joseph Smith's revelations set the pattern for every Mormon to seek inspirationp. 16
Zion: How the organization of the City of Zion constituted Mormons as a people as well as a churchp. 35
Priesthood: How the Mormon priesthood is both hierarchical and democraticp. 49
Cosmology: How Mormons understand the meaning of lifep. 64
Nineteenth-century Utah: How old ideals and new struggles formed Mormon identityp. 81
The Mormon world: How Mormons left their homeland and fought to retain their distinctivenessp. 103
Articles of Faithp. 117
Notesp. 119
Further readingp. 121
Web sitesp. 124
Indexp. 126
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ISBN: 9780195310306
ISBN-10: 0195310306
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 26th June 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.76 x 11.18  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.14

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