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

By Douglas J. Davies

Even if one of many quickest transforming into non secular routine on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to be a secret by way of its center ideals and theological constitution. This well timed e-book presents an incredible creation to the fundamental historical past, 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's written by means of a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.

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So, when Brigham Young asserts, ‘The gospel is a set of laws and ordinances’, he goes on to speak of the ‘principles of the gospel’, acknowledging that not all people understand them, nor do the Twelve Apostles ‘understand them all’ (1992: 139, 141). When referring to the ‘ordinances of the House of God’, Brigham describes them as ‘the Celestial Law’ and tellingly he also raises the issue of ultimate damnation in terms of ‘principle’ when he poses the question: ‘Is there any such principle as annihilation?

The first of these would be the coming of Christ for the resurrection and ‘judgement’ of true believers, who would then spend the millennium with him prior to the resurrection and judgement of others before their final separation into the afterlife of heaven and hell. Postmillennialists, by contrast, see only one of everything: a single coming of Christ to judge all resurrected people. Underwood is convinced that Mormonism corresponds most clearly to the premillennialist stance (Underwood 1993: 6).

Joseph Smith and his peers’, says Leone, ‘glimpsed the createdness of truth, its capacity to change, and its ultimate locus in the individual, not the church or class of specialists’ (1979: 221). This period of open-ended and speculative curiosity continued until the late decades of the nineteenth century when Federal opposition to plural marriage not only curtailed Mormonism’s experiment in kinship arrangements but also had the effect of making the Church more defensive by adopting a wider range of American ways.

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