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Posted July 10, 2003
A fair look at Mormonism from the outside
This book was a good read. The authors attempted to portray our positions accurately, although their emphases were a bit misguided. For example, B.H. Roberts and Stephen E. Robinson kept on surfacing as though they were official spokesmen for the Church, and more than one author seemed to have the impression that we like the King Follett Discourse more than the Book of Mormon (as an aside, all anti-Mormons should learn that attacking the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith's understanding of the Bible will never get them anywhere). The authors did a good job of showing that the Classical Christian concept of God is more philosohpically sound than the Mormon concept of God. Of course, after the 'Mormon' God appeared to Joseph, I doubt that he went home and checked his philosophy text book to make sure that it all checked out OK. In short, it was fun to see what the Evangelicals are saying about us, but the book was of limited practicality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2003
Not your ordinary anti-Mormon book. Really!
I've finished the chapters "Mormonism, Monotheism," "And the saints go marching on," "Moral obligation and the nature of the right we ought to choose," and "Is mormonism Christian?" For an anti-Mormon book, it's not bad. They're nice. And it's nothing to be scared of either: they're not that persuasive. Owen tries to show that the "council of Gods" in the OT is really a "council of angels." Mosser describes the church's growth and academic prowess. Beckwith attempts to demonstrate that the classical God can ground morality when the LDS God can't. (Blake Ostler picks him apart handily in FAIR). Craig Blomberg argues we're not Christians (notice his little boo-boo when he quotes the dictionary ["most"]). When you read you'll be surprised how much of the theological community agrees with some of our positions. This book is selling well at the BYU bookstore, if you're interested in FARMS, buy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.