An Introduction to Mormonism (Introduction to Religion) by Douglas J. Davies

By Douglas J. Davies

Even if one of many quickest turning out to be non secular pursuits on the planet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to be a secret when it comes to its middle ideals and theological constitution. This well timed ebook presents a massive advent to the elemental heritage, doctrines and practices of The LDS--the "Mormon" Church. Emphasizing sacred texts and prophecies in addition to the the most important Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism, it truly is written by means of a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.

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This is reflected in the title ‘seer and revelator’ and, to a degree, in that of ‘translator’, since his translations were grounded more in a sense of spiritual insight than of linguistic expertise. The titles of elder and apostle, by complementary contrast, indicate something more of the authority and organizational capacity of the leader. While the idea of being a prophet can be used to embrace all these more particular elements, it also establishes the firmest of all links between Joseph Smith, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, a link of profound significance given the notion of Mormonism as a restoration movement.

The early text – the Book of Mormon – was published in 1830 and expressed a general Christian doctrine of salvation rooted in repentance, faith and baptism, all framed by a dynamic millenarian expectation of an imminent return of Christ. For this Christians should prepare by gathering together. The later texts – the Doctrine and Covenants (1835) and the Pearl of Great Price (1851) – take Mormonism into the new theological territory of covenant-making temple ritual, the 34 Prophets and texts 35 conquest of death by persons set on the eternal path of apotheosis or of becoming divine.

Such ‘keys’ do not simply refer to the historical past and the contemporary organization of the Church; they also hold prospective power associated with the afterlife and the conquest of death, as we see in chapters 4 and 8. Keys and the dispensation for the fullness of times belong together, for they explain Mormonism’s notion Prophets and texts 43 of prophet and prophecy, of its own restoration and of the continuous revelation that underpins its sacred texts. sacred tex ts There are four primary texts of Mormonism, often called the Standard Works: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.

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