An Introduction to Mormonism

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Overview

Although one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remains a mystery in terms of its core beliefs and theological structure. This timely book provides an important introduction to the basic history, doctrines and practices of The LDS--the "Mormon" Church. Emphasizing sacred texts and prophecies as well as the crucial Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism, it is written by a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways that non-Mormons can understand.
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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521817387
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2003
  • Series: Introduction to Religion Series
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet 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).
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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.
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