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One Nation under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    The book is presented as a very good argument against LDS theology. For the most part, I have not found any mistakes that I know of in the writing, but it is for sure not a complete picture of Mormonism (only a select sampling of quotes and instances that support Mr. Abanes' position--which is what a good argumentative paper is, really). The book relies heavily upon internet sources which are not scholarly nor peer reviewed. I do have issue that Abanes quoted a person who honestly did ask not to be quoted or cited, and I find that unethical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    Incredibly Biased

    I am not a member of the LDS Church, but I have had an interest in LDS history for quite some time. One Nation Under Gods (ONUG) is well-researched and an incredibly easy read for being such a large volume. However, ONUG is far from objective. On the contrary, he spends numerous chapters on the dark side of LDS history (as well he should), but few on the positive effects the Church has had. The author frequently makes veiled allusions to the Church being a 'cult'- which is where the entire book loses its credibility. From the very beginning, it is obvious to a critical reader that the author has an agenda (he's written other books on cults) and he has made no attempt to portray the Church in an even remotely favorable light, going so far as to make veiled allusions to the Church being a 'cult' on the dust jacket description. Even ONUG's forward was written by a vehement anti-Mormon by the name of Sandra Tanner. If you are an Evangelical Christian intent on ridiculing others' faith, by all means, waste money on this book. If you actually want to learn about the LDS Church from a historical perspective, go nowhere near ONUG. The only reason I gave this book two stars and not one is because it has dozens of references to (hopefully) legitimate works in the bibliography.

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