“Thus, our objective in Mormonism 101 remains the same as when we first wrote it: to take the authoritative claims of the Mormon leadership and see how they compare with the teaching of the Bible,” Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson write in their book that examines the religion of the Latter-day Saints.
Revised and expanded from the 2000 edition, this three hundred and thirty-six page paperback targets those who want to learn more about Mormonism and its differences with Christianity.
After a preface and introduction to the history of the religion, the book is divided into six parts, each containing three chapters; it ends with an appendix of fifteen common logical fallacies explained, a bibliography, and indexes of Scriptural references, topics, and people.
Focusing not on what LDS church-goers today claim they have been taught, each chapter considers what its church leaders promote and believe. Beginning with “Mormonese” of several vocabulary words used in the religion, six concepts of God, humankind, Scripture, salvation, ordinances, and revelation are discussed, ending with discussion questions, final thoughts, and notes.
By providing quotes of notable Mormons often in leadership positions, they purport God is not eternal, immutable, self-existent, transcendent, omnipotent, and omnipresent, Lucifer is Jesus’s brother, and Jesus was married. Also examined is preexistence, the Great Apostasy, the three Nephites, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Terrestrial and Celestial Kingdoms, the Word of Wisdom, its temple, Lamanites, and plural marriages to name a few.
Interesting yet tragic is the chapter on Joseph Smith, their founder and prophet who, at the age of forty years old, had thirty-three wives, a third of which were fourteen to twenty years old and a third married to others. Although the system does not promote polygamy or secret marriages currently, knowing the actual history of its leader and his sexual appetite should be a concern to any member of their church.
Covering a combined seventy years of study on the topic of Mormonism, the writers try to be as succinct as possible in documenting facts about the religion with counterpoints to Biblical verses. The book would be a good source for those considering Mormonism to rethink what the belief entails.
Author of several books, McKeever is the founder of Mormonism Research Minister based in California. Author Johnson also works for the same ministry and is coauthor of another book.
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