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Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-Day Saints

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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 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.

Review:

"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Stephen Webb is Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Wabash College.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199316816
Subtitle:
What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints
Author:
Webb, Stephen H.
Author:
Webb, Stephen
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Catholicism
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Theology
Subject:
Mormonism
Subject:
Christianity - Mormonism
Publication Date:
20131001
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
5.7 x 8.4 x 0.9 in 0.7 lb

Related Subjects

Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Christianity » Mormon » Mormonism
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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