How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon & an Evangelical in Conversation

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!

Mormons and evangelicals don't often get along very well, at least not once they begin to discuss their religious beliefs. They often set about trying to convert one another, considering the faith the other holds as defective in some critical way. Unfortunately, much of what they say about one another simply isn't true. False stereotypes abound on both sides, preventing genuine and ...

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Overview

Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!

Mormons and evangelicals don't often get along very well, at least not once they begin to discuss their religious beliefs. They often set about trying to convert one another, considering the faith the other holds as defective in some critical way. Unfortunately, much of what they say about one another simply isn't true. False stereotypes abound on both sides, preventing genuine and helpful communication.

Having discovered this sad state of affairs, Craig Blomberg, a committed evangelical scholar, and Stephen Robinson, a committed Mormon scholar, set out to listen to one another and to ferret out the real agreements and disagreements between them. In the conversation that develops, you will read what each believes about key theological issues--the nature and bounds of Scripture, the nature of God and deification, the person of Christ and the Trinity, and the essentials of salvation--and see how they interact with one another. What they agree on may surprise you.

Though this book does not sweep differences under the rug, it is meant to help Mormons and evangelicals know and tell the truth about one another. It does not expect to end evangelistic efforts from either side. In fact, it may help to promote more effective communication because it can help to get rid of misrepresentations from both sides. In the end, however, you will be able to judge for yourself just how wide the divide between them is.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In their candid new book, Denver Seminary professor Blomberg and Brigham Young University professor Robinson pull no punches in their respective analysis of each other's faith traditions, but they also manage to find common ground between Evangelical Christianity and Mormonism. Taking a cooperative rather than a proselytizing tone, the authors "hope that with this book we will begin to tell the truth about each other, the issue of who is ultimately right and wrong being set aside for the moment." In four chapters, Blomberg and Robinson discuss Evangelicalism's and Mormonism's respective views of "Scripture," "God and Deification," "Christ and the Trinity" and "Salvation," attending especially to the definition of terms and concepts, such as the role of prophets in religions, that have often been misunderstood by the two sides. In each chapter, the authors write separately and then provide a joint conclusion. Although the direction and the conclusions of these authors' conversations is not always clear, this book constructively explores the theological differences between Evangelicals and Mormons and is the beginning of what can be a fruitful discussion. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830819911
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/1997
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 949,908
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel, commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions and Preaching the Parables.

Robinson (Ph.D., Duke University) is professor of ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He has written Are Mormons Christians? and Believing Christ.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionRobinsonBlomberg
1. ScriptureBlombergRobinsonJoint Conclusion
2. God & DeificationRobinsonBlombergJoint Conclusion
3. Christ & the TrinityBlombergRobinsonJoint Conclusion
4. SalvationRobinsonBlombergJoint Conclusion
Conclusion - Robinson & Blomberg
Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    This Book is Truly Important and Compelling!

    This book is shedding much light on a controversial topic and, thereby, my prejudices are falling away. It is refreshing and compelling to read a discussion between qualified representatives of the Evangelical and LDS faiths. These two are straightforward and write with strength and intelligence. It should be read by all who prefer understanding to predudice and hate (and it should definitely be read by the latter!).

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