The Facts on the Mormon Church

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Well-known authors and noted researchers John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs have updated and revised The Facts on the Mormon Church, a significant title from the popular Facts On Series (more than 1.9 million copies of books from this series sold).

The Facts on the Mormon Church presents the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Mormon history, doctrines, practices, and theology. Readers find well-researched and easy-to-understand answers to...

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Overview

Well-known authors and noted researchers John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs have updated and revised The Facts on the Mormon Church, a significant title from the popular Facts On Series (more than 1.9 million copies of books from this series sold).

The Facts on the Mormon Church presents the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Mormon history, doctrines, practices, and theology. Readers find well-researched and easy-to-understand answers to many of the common and not-so-common questions surrounding this high-profile church, all in a handy, quick-reference format. Topics include:

  • How did Mormonism originate? Who was Joseph Smith?
  • Is it a Christian religion? What does it teach about God?
  • What is the Mormon doctrine regarding salvation? Life after death?
  • Who do they believe Jesus Christ was...is?
  • What is the Book of Mormon? The Pearl of Great Price? Doctrine and Covenants?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736922166
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: The Facts On Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,031,229
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ankerberg, host of the award-winning John Ankerberg Show, has three earned degrees: an MAin church history and the philosophy of Christian thought, an MDivfrom Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. He has coauthored the 2-million-selling Facts On series of apologetic books, as well as Taking a Stand for the Bible and Israel Under Fire.

John Weldon has authored or coauthored more than 80 books. He has a Ph.D. in comparative religion and a D.Min. with emphasis in contemporary religious movements, as well as master's degrees in divinity and Christian apologetics. With Dr. John Ankerberg, he has coauthored What Do Mormons Really Believe?, Fast Facts on Islam, the "Facts On" Series of apologetic booklets, and others.

Dillon Burroughs is an activist and the author or coauthor of nearly 30 books on issues of faith and culture, including the groundbreaking Undefending Christianity. Dillon has served among at-risk American youth, constructed housing in Mexico's barrios, provided aid relief in Haiti, and was most recently nominated for a CNN Hero award for his efforts to fight human trafficking. His written and edited works have been featured by NPR, MSNBC, ABC News, and other media outlets.

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Table of Contents

Section I Introduction to Mormonism
1. What is Mormonism, and why is it important? 6
2. How did Mormonism originate, and how important are supernatural revelations to the founding and sustaining of the Mormon Church? 6
3. How can we know if these revelations were from God or whether they originated from some other source? 9
4. Does Mormonism claim to be the only true church on earth? 10
5. Is Mormonism a Christian religion? 10
6. Does the Mormon Church give biblical words an entirely false meaning? 11
Section II Is Mormon Teaching the Same as Biblical and Christian Teaching?
7. How do Mormon teachings differ from Christian teachings? 16
8. How does Mormonism view the Christian religion? 17
9. What does Mormonism teach about God? 19
10. What does Mormonism teach about Jesus Christ? 23
11. What do Mormons teach about salvation and life after death? 27
12. Do Mormons teach that true salvation occurs only by good works and personal righteousness? 28
13. What does Mormonism teach about the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross? 31
Section III Mormonism--A Critical Evaluation
14. Was there a universal apostasy by the early Christian church? 34
15. Is the "first vision" account forming the foundation of the Mormon Church really credible? 35
16. What intractable problems face the Book of Mormon? 36
17. Are the Mormon scriptures really the Word of God? If so, why has the Church made significant changes in them; why do they contain demonstrable errors and undeniable contradictions? 40
18. What is the irreconcilable dilemma for the individual Mormon? 42
19. If the Mormon prophets were divinely inspired, how does the Mormon Church explain their false prophecies? 43
20. Why has the Mormon Church ignored the compelling historical research of Jerald and Sandra Tanner and others? 45
Section IV Mormonism and the Occult: Should Mormonism Be Considered an Occult Religion?
21. How important is the concept of inspiration and revelation within the Mormon Church? 50
22. Was Joseph Smith an occultist? 51
23. How frequently do spiritistic revelations occur within Mormonism? How often are the dead contacted? 53
24. What is the true basis of eternal life, and how is it found? 56
Conclusion 57
Notes 59
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Didn't go far enough

    His tv programs about the Mormon church were great. He had the great grand daughter of one of the founders as well as several other former leaders that told everything. This book wwas good as far as it went but if you want to know the truth about the Mormon church check out the tv series on dvd.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    Disappointing

    As a non Mormon I was looking for a book which could explain the history of the Morman Church and its belief system.

    All this book did was attack the Church and attempt to get Mormans to convert to a "real-Christian Church".

    I was looking for facts and got propaganda.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    very in-depth book

    this is a great book for anyone trying to gain insight on the religious beliefs of the Mormonistic ideals. this is a very deep book and is worth a gander.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

    Accurate and Fair

    As a devout Mormon for 26 years 'now a former Mormon', I found Mr. Ankerberg's booklet to be accurate and fair. When I was LDS I took the Church's teachings seriously and studied many of the writings and teachings of the early LDS Church leaders. I believed in the doctrines exposed by Ankerberg and other Christian researchers. I was not ashamed to admit to those teachings either. Whether or not current or younger Latter-day Saints want to believe any of Mormonism's more aberrent teachings is moot those things were 'and many currently still are' taught by Mormon prophets and apostles who believed they were speaking for the Lord. I recommend this booklet to non-Mormons as a painless and reliable guide to understanding the foundation of Mormonism. Don't just go to the Mormon Church for information, as it's bias is based on propaganda rather than on facts which can be easily verified. Would you go to a Yugo saleman to sell you on its advantages or a Ford salesman to tell you why the 1995 Explorer is a good buy (remember the Firestone tire fatalities)? It would be wise to ask an ex-Yugo owner why he swtiched to a different car. Likewise, when trying to ascertain the truth about something, one should look into all sides including learning from objective sources such as Jon Ankerberg's Facts on the Mormon Church.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    Biased & Anti-Mormon

    This book is entirely focused on destroying the Church. There is very little fact used, & when it does use fact, it twists it into a falsehood. I rated this book a 1-Poor because it wouldn't let me go any lower. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have been since birth, & I know that our doctrines are not as they are described in this book. I have studied the Holy Bible & the Book of Mormon, & I find no contradictions. If you are trying to find facts on the Church, then this book is not the answer. Go to a Mormon Missionary or a member of the Church. We will not lie to you, & we will give you any information you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Religious truth?

    This is a very bias look at the Mormon faith. In my oppinion, even though some of the information within is factually based, it is twisted to credit the authors viewpoint. Knowledge is a great gift when presented honestly. My advice to any reader would be to step inside any Mormon chapel and ask any questions you might have. You and your questions will be welcomed. Pray and ask for the truth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    what are you thinking?

    this book is no more than anti-mormon propagnada. Why is it that people who are so called christians have to put down another religion for the things that they believe. you have to look at both sides but use reliable sources. don't judge a whole religion on the writings of this book and what one person has to say

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    A typical work of scared propaganda from an ignorant media

    Yeah, this book shows a complete misunderstanding of almost every aspect of the Church. The author asked the question 'Are jesus and lucifer spiritual brothers?' as if the two were being associated as one being. The two are no more brothers than all of us are spiritual brothers and sisters, coming from the same heavenly father. The implications of his ignorance toward this BASE concept of christianity is staggering and disturbing. Further evidence of lack of understanding in the religion comes just from the author refering to Satan as Lucifer. Thats not his name. Folks think thats his name because in the bible an angel speaks to Nebuchadnezzar saying, 'O day star, far thou art fallen from heaven...' Nebuchadnezzar was a mortal king who claimed to ascend to the heavens and put himself on equal footing with the lord, but the misunderstanding came from the term Day Star, which was confused with Morningstar, which was another name for the planet, Venus, which ancient astrologers knew as Lucifer. The misunderstanding was picked up by St. Jerome, i believe, who started refering to Satan as Lucifer. I can sum up all my negative feelings toward this book in one sentence: A simple reading of the bible (and book of mormon, pearl of great price, etc.) does not grant an understanding of it. The author needs to learn this, among other things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    A good book on the basic facts

    A good book that doesn't sugar coat mormon history. Several other reviewers here have stated that you should go to a mormon for information on the mormon church. I disagree. A mormon will tell you good things about the mormon church, and leave out anything that paints the church in a bad light. They see any questions raised about the authenticity of the church as being an attack by 'anti-mormons'. If you want to come to an objective conclusion about anything, you need to look at both sides of an issue. You won't get that from a mormon. Yes, talk to mormons about their church, but look at other sources too, or you'll never get through the sugar coating. Try asking a missionary some time about whether mormons believe that humans can become gods. According to mormon doctrine, the purpose of life is to strive for perfection. Upon attaining it (in the afterlife) people can become gods and create and rule their own worlds. Anyone who disputes this needs to read a book on mormon history and doctrine. The mormons themselves don't dispute this, most of them anyway. But they never tell outsiders this because they know it sounds wacko to most people and will scare people off. If you ask a missionary about this, they will usually change the subject repeatedly, and do just about anything to avoid answering it. It is always important to look at both sides of an issue before making a decision. Mormons avoid telling people about the parts of their religion that freak people out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Not just an ordanary book

    Throught time alot of books have been published concerning mormons and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This book not only is clearly one sided and published to harp on mormons, but it takes a stance of non factual information, i would suggest that if a person wants to learn about mormons, go to a mormon. Dont read a book that clearly goes against mormon beliefs & takes the teaching of one church twists them and then publishes it. its simple, in every religion thier are books that go against it, its like a rule or something. might i add my opinion now, What kind of person spends their life devoted, or even spends a portion of their life trying to destroy ones faith in Jesus Christ. The Authors of this book have clearly tried to destroy faith. no book that does that is even worth reading, regardless of what religion you are!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    What Non-Mormons will never understand

    I am a Mormon. This book doesn't even deserve one star. As each person travels in life, they doubt their own life, their religion, God, and all the beliefs their parents instilled in them. I was having one of these moments when I read this book. I wanted to know how the Non-Mormon world saw us. This book brought me so much closer to God and stronger belief in the Mormon values and teachings. Are Mormons also Christians? YES, a Christian is one that believes in God and Christ and their teachings. Mormons still believe in the Bible. The only people that would take the time to bash one religion in particular are those that are not content with their life, God, and their religion. How you live your life, whether Mormon or not, is the most important thing in God's eyes. The Bible doesn't tell us to judge another man's choice of religious practices, rather to encourage them to make decisions that bring them closer to God and Jesus Christ. The Bible never even points a specific religion that Jesus Christ endorses. The Bible simply calls us to follow that perfect man and to try, just TRY, to mold our every action after his. Anyone that reads this book needs to also sit down with a Book of Mormon and read it, or at least the preface of how it was discoverd and translated. Then, compare the feeling you get after reading that great book to your feelings on this one before you judge another man's religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2003

    Just some more inaccurate Anti-Mormon ignorance

    This is yet another book teaching on ignorance. The authors of this book clearly do not know the truth about the mormon church and wrote a book on information they must have heard second hand slandering a religion that they have not taken the appropriate time or effort to actually study to make them well versed enough to publish a book on the topic. They are not Mormon, they have never practiced the religion nor do they understand it. Just by reading the summary of the book posted on the website, any mormon practicioner can tell you that it is incorrect. Just more proof that ignorance is bliss. I am not even mormon and I knew that this book is untrue, inaccurate, and full of junk. If you want to actually learn about a religion go to the source. Don't be affraid, they are good people. Would you ask a republican on Democratic views? Would you go to a Biologist to learn about Chemistry?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    The worst book ever written

    this was an awful book. you can't get any worse then this one. the whole book was a bunch of lies and untruths. the authors aparently have no idea how to write a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    Teach your self How to think not what to Think

    I have read the book of Mormon of now and the 1830 edition. I have feel in love with a mormon. I have read the facts of the Mormon Church. And Mormons don't want to know the true history of thier religion, and nobody can make them see it b/c people only see what they want to. Yes the truth is out there; there are dairies of Martin Harris, Olvier Cowdery, Emma Smith and many more respected Mormons that prove in Joesoph Smith's wrong doing's. But there is no use for people to try and get Mormons to look at the truth so we should't try. If a mormon question his/her faith there is too much at stake with family (Eternal Families), Friends, Jobs. Mormons don't want to think that thier beloves Pioners died in vain which would be the case if they started to dougt JS. Mormons don't seem to care the The book of Mormon is Historically Inaccurate. (I mean Nephi had a steel Sowrd, Steel!! like centuries before that ingrediants to make a steel sowrd where invented and there is a tone more. I mean how many of you would believe a book that as kids surfing the net in 1800's) One more thing, Mormons seem to see use the term Mormon Bashers and usally tell people to be open minded. But they forget what Smith said in the Pearl Of Great Price. In wich he siad that all other churches are currupt and abombniable. (It is also mentiond in the Book of Mormon in the First book of Nephi) If I siad that the Mormon Chruch was those two thing every single mormon would say I was a Basher and a someone with a closed minded about Mormonism. So the next time a Mormon (like the Rachel, the Harvard Professor,) says a non-mormon is bashing mormons, just remember it was Joesph Smith who was the first Basher.

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    Posted December 4, 2010

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