Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints [NOOK Book]

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Mormons are adamant that they are Christian, and eloquent writers within their own faith have tried to make this case, but no theologian outside the LDS church has ever tried to demonstrate just how Christian they are. Stephen H. Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints fills this void, as the author writes neither as a critic nor a defender of Mormonism but as a sympathetic observer who is deeply committed to engaging with Mormon ...
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Overview

Mormons are adamant that they are Christian, and eloquent writers within their own faith have tried to make this case, but no theologian outside the LDS church has ever tried to demonstrate just how Christian they are. Stephen H. Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints fills this void, as the author writes neither as a critic nor a defender of Mormonism but as a sympathetic observer who is deeply committed to engaging with Mormon ideas.
Webb is unique in taking Mormon theology seriously by showing how it provides plausible and in some instances even persuasive alternatives to many traditional Christian doctrines. His book can serve as an introduction to Mormonism, but it goes far beyond that: Webb explains how Mormonism is a branch of the Christian family tree that extends well beyond what most Christians have ever imagined. His account of their creative appropriation of the Christian tradition is meant to inspire more traditional Christians to reconsider the shape of many basic Christian beliefs.
Mormon Christianity is not all affirming and celebratory. It ends with a call to Mormons to be more focused on Christian essentials and an invitation to other Christians to be more imaginative in considering Mormon alternatives to traditional doctrines.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/23/2013
With the end of the Romney presidential run, the cultural "Mormon Moment" appears to be over. But the author of this groundbreaking work insists that Mormonism and its unique metaphysics occupy a special place in American religious thought. Webb is a retired professor of theology and philosophy who brings to his subject a passion for understanding Mormonism's view of God as a corporeal being, one who shares the universe with his creation and, contrary to mainstream Christian thought, possesses body, parts, and passions. The author then presents Mormonism's teachings as extensions of this viewpoint, breathing new life into the church's doctrinal foundation. Polygamy, temples, and the whole range of LDS thought, are imbued with fresh meaning. Matter and spirit are no longer strangers, as Deity assumes human shape. Webb views "the single most significant cultural revolution in the history of the world" as "the severing of the supernatural from the natural." If this is true, then Mormonism's theology of an immanent, like-us God is an answer to this dilemma. Highly recommended essential reading. (Oct.)
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"Webb addresses readers unfamiliar with Mormonism as a fellow Christian, rather than in a more traditional, academic non-partisan tone that might be expected from a book bearing a university press's imprint... Webb's generous tone and easy to understand rhetoric ensure that Mormon Christianity will be accessible to both Mormons and Christians -- he represents some of the very best of the Robert Millett/Richard Mouw type of Mormon/Christian dialogue in printed word... All in all, Mormon Christianity is an excellent introduction to Mormon theology, and will be useful to teach undergraduates as well as lay Christians (and Mormons) about Mormon beliefs." --The Juvenile Instructor

"Whether or not one agrees with Mormonism's teachings and theology, those interested in learning its nuances and relationship to the larger Christian community likely will profit from Mr. Webb's work. It's a fascinating subject, and one Mr. Webb covers with a penetrating, thought-provoking approach." --Washington Times

"Ever since the Mormon Tabernacle Choir won the silver medal in the 1893 World's Fair, Mormons have been more renowned for their cultural than their theological contributions. In this intelligent, articulate, and highly readable volume, Stephen Webb begins to address that imbalance, bringing Mormonism into conversation with the wider Christian tradition in fresh and sometimes startling ways." - Terryl L. Givens, Co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

"Mormon Christianity is truly a ground-breaking work. It's winsome, intelligent, and generous account of the Latter-day Saints and their faith sets a new standard in interreligious dialogue. Although one may find oneself on occasion disagreeing with the author-as I do on a few points-I cannot think of a more careful presentation of the LDS worldview and the sorts of challenges and promises it brings to both Mormons and Traditional Christians alike." - Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Resident Scholar in the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University

"At once domestic and exotic, Mormon thought does not nest easily into any of the usual categories with which scholars describe Western metaphysics. This has attracted the intrepid and wide-ranging gaze of Stephen Webb, an evangelical convert to Roman Catholicism. Probing beneath crude superficialities, his analysis will provoke debate. Webb argues with imaginative brilliance that Mormonism's 'big ideas' recover, challenge, and expand-rather than exceed-the bounds of Christian orientations to reality. The Mormon metaphysic thus demands a rethinking of many aspects of Christian history and tradition." - Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Professor of Mormon History & Culture, Utah State University

"This is a sophisticated step in what can be a long-term conversation." --Library Journal

"Groundbreaking work...highly recommended essential reading." --Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199316830
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 589,431
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Webb has taught philosophy and religion for twenty-five years. He is the author of eleven books on such varied topics as the musical philosophy of Bob Dylan, theological critiques of the theory of evolution, the importance of the doctrine of providence in American history, the role of religion in public education, and the history of vegetarianism. He has been published in First Things, Books & Culture and Touchstone.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Mormon Ecumenical Moment
Ch. 1: Mormon Envy
Ch. 2: The Magic of Being Mormon
Ch. 3: What's Up with Mormons and Matter?
Ch. 4: Branches on the Family Tree: Relatives or Impersonators?
Ch. 5: Mormon Overreach? Brigham Young and Parley Pratt
Ch. 6: How to Heal Modernity's Spiritual Breakdown
Ch. 7: Two Decisions
Appendix A: Two Theological Problems that Mormonism Solves
Appendix B: Some Puzzles Regarding Thomas Aquinas's Understanding of Matter
Appendix C: Three Philosophical Problems that Mormonism Needs to Solve Sources and Suggested Reading Acknowledgments
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Stephen Webb has demonstrated clarity of thought about the topic

    Stephen Webb has demonstrated clarity of thought about the topic of the Mormon worship of Christ in his essay in 2012 in First Things journal, titled "Mormonism Obsessed with Christ".

    He pointed out how the Book of Mormon uses the title Christ more often than the New Testament, and presents extensive sermons about the work of Christ as Savior of mankind. Based on Webb's many other writings in theology, I am looking forward to reading this new book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Hahaha

    They arent Christian. Its simple

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Respectful, informed, and thought-provoking

    Mr. Webb has thoroughly researched his subject and delivers in a book that is not only interesting, but also faith-promoting. His deep understanding of religious philosophical traditions that predate Christianity as well as the events and men that shaped traditional Christian belief provide a rich mileau for understanding the environment that gave rise to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith's radical departure from the religious traditions of his day, that not only merged current and ancient belief but introduced dramatic new insights into the nature of God and man's relationship to God, is presented effectively and without bias. Mr. Webb's book is for those outside the Mormon faith who desire a balanced look at Mormonism's birth and its unique place among modern religions. For those who are Mormon, the book provides a scholarly examination of the underpinnings of pre-Smith Christian history and of Joseph's prophetic calling and role in the start of the Church. Highly recommended to all readers who desire a well-written, non-sensational, fact-based book on Mormonism.

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