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One Nation under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church

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Founded in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was initially perceived as a movement of polygamous, radical zealots; now in parts of the U.S. it has become synonymous with the establishment. In reevaluating its preoccupation with issues of church and state, Abanes uncovers the political agenda at Mormonism's core: the transformation of the world into a theocratic kingdom under Mormon authority. This illustrated edition has been revised and offers a new ...
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Founded in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was initially perceived as a movement of polygamous, radical zealots; now in parts of the U.S. it has become synonymous with the establishment. In reevaluating its preoccupation with issues of church and state, Abanes uncovers the political agenda at Mormonism's core: the transformation of the world into a theocratic kingdom under Mormon authority. This illustrated edition has been revised and offers a new postscript by the author.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568582832
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 651
  • Sales rank: 830,377
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    Thorough and Fair

    This book is one of the best books on the subject of Mormonism that I have ever read. It attempts to be fair to both sides (many books on Mormonism tend to be slanted and inject unnecessary comments), and yet it hides no truths. I recommend this book to any LDS member, because it may be the only book out there by which you will be least offended by. Abanes also gives wonderful footnotes and resources for his material which provides for great opportunities for further research! This is the best book you can buy for your money to have a general overview of Mormon history.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Yes

    One of the best book's I have ever read. This book is well researched and is a easy read. Mr. Abanes does a great job in taking the reader through the years of the LDS Church. To me Mormons are a very interesting religion. This book is not a Mormon bashing book, it is a book written about the Churches history, the good and the bad. EVERYONE IN AMERICA SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    For those honestly seeking the truth . . .

    Very informative, yet not vindictive. Unfortunately, the truth is sometimes unpleasant. Exhaustively documented. For truth seekers, this book is a must!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    The book is presented as a very good argument against LDS theology. For the most part, I have not found any mistakes that I know of in the writing, but it is for sure not a complete picture of Mormonism (only a select sampling of quotes and instances that support Mr. Abanes' position--which is what a good argumentative paper is, really). The book relies heavily upon internet sources which are not scholarly nor peer reviewed. I do have issue that Abanes quoted a person who honestly did ask not to be quoted or cited, and I find that unethical.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    Incredibly Biased

    I am not a member of the LDS Church, but I have had an interest in LDS history for quite some time. One Nation Under Gods (ONUG) is well-researched and an incredibly easy read for being such a large volume. However, ONUG is far from objective. On the contrary, he spends numerous chapters on the dark side of LDS history (as well he should), but few on the positive effects the Church has had. The author frequently makes veiled allusions to the Church being a 'cult'- which is where the entire book loses its credibility. From the very beginning, it is obvious to a critical reader that the author has an agenda (he's written other books on cults) and he has made no attempt to portray the Church in an even remotely favorable light, going so far as to make veiled allusions to the Church being a 'cult' on the dust jacket description. Even ONUG's forward was written by a vehement anti-Mormon by the name of Sandra Tanner. If you are an Evangelical Christian intent on ridiculing others' faith, by all means, waste money on this book. If you actually want to learn about the LDS Church from a historical perspective, go nowhere near ONUG. The only reason I gave this book two stars and not one is because it has dozens of references to (hopefully) legitimate works in the bibliography.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    Biased account of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

    If only we could all slander the name of Christianity for the sake of... fame? Money? Rather than educate this book does nothing more than perpetuate stereotypes and play off of irrational untruths. It would be most unfortunate for well educated readers to limit themselves to the short sightedness of one writer. I consider this book disappointing to say the least. The views expressed are purely biased, and present nothing of the unique views, morals and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ. All this book can hope to achieve is continued ignorance, and will lead the reader no closer to better understanding a unique branch of Christianity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Mormonism But The Church Didn't Want You To Find Out

    A well-documented, thought-out, and incisive expose, One Nation Under Gods is a great read for anyone interested in religious history in general, or Mormonism specifically. The true power of this book is in its Notes and Bibliography section (probably about 1/5 of the book itself) for the use of its readers to see for themselves just what went on in the 1800s, on through current events... particularly useful if you have, as I do, close friends in the Mormon church. Abanes has brought a case that any court in the nation would have to agree with... the Mormon church is guilty of deception, among other, far worse, things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    Wow! Awesome Work!

    Richard Abanes has done an excellent job in providing a factual history of the LDS (Mormon) Church. The 152 pages of footnotes and appendices at the end of the book makes his documentation superb. I appreciated the honesty of this history, which is very refreshing compared to the white-washed pablum normally published by the LDS Church. Mr. Abanes punctuated his writings throughout the book with pictures of original documents and records. Having been a devout Mormon for 26 years before leaving the religion because of historical and doctrinal contradictions, revisions, and inconsistencies, I found this book to be captivating, poignant, bittersweet, and truthful. Thank you Richard for having the courage to take on this intimidating work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    lots of footnotes but nothing new

    I was very impressed by the deep research by Richard Abanes; he certainly knows his stuff. However, while I favor objectivity, I don't necessarily object to a person taking a hardline 'pro' or 'anti' Mormon stance. But I do object to bigotry and dishonesty (either by pro- or anti-Mormons). For instance, after his accurate recounting of the Paul Dunn affair, he concludes (I'm paraphrasing): While Packer was dicsciplined for telling the truth about Dunn, Dunn was 'free to continue spreading his lies.' The facts are that Dunn was free to continue public speaking, but he hadn't told those war or baseball stories in over 20 years. It was old (although disheartening) news by the time the story broke; but in any case, Dunn did NOT continue spreading those lies as Abanes implies. Many more examples could be cited. His definition of a 'true' Christian is equally narrow, ruling out almost all but evangelicals, who share his specific tenents (Greek Orthodox, for instance, by his definition, would probably not be called Christians). In short, same old stuff, same old half-truths, and condmenation by innuendo, but with a lot more footnotes to make it look scholarly, even though it really adds nothing new to the discussion.

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