Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-Day SaintsBill McKeever, Bill McKeever, Eric Johnson, Eric Johnson
Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. For those who have wondered in what specific ways Mormonism differs from the Christian faith, Mormonism 101 provides definitive answers, examining the major tenets of Mormon theology and comparing them with orth... Read More
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 17, 2015
- UPC: 9780801016929
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Apr 21, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL020000"
- ISBN: 0801016924
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- A Mormon Perspective by Eric on 11/12/2015
I purchased this book hoping to learn a thing or two about the Mormon religion (hence the name "Mormonism 101") but all I had gotten was another polemical dribble from the so-called "anti-cult" movement in the world of bad literature.
When students enroll in a class titled "101" they expect to get a non-polemical account of the particular religion they are reading it. This book, however, lacks such distinctions. Imagine, if you will, getting a book titled "Christianity 101" and the book explained how horrible and wrong Christians were and said how good, say, Islam was. Surely Christians would have expressed outrage. Or imagine taking an Astronomy 101 class and being told how false Astronomy was and were told to take up Astrology as a substitute. A more honest title would have been "Anti-Mormonism 101."
"Mormonism 101" also contributes nothing new to the body of anti-Mormonism. They've recycled many of the wash-worn arguments of the past, made it seem more kind, and tidied it up in a book for the same polemical attacks on the LDS Church. It is simply another example of modern-day professional anti-Mormonism—attacking the Mormon Church for money. The authors insist on basing their arguments on their own preconceived assumptions, rather than trying to show how the Restored Gospel (which they refer to as "Mormonism") supposedly has inconsistencies or failures based on its assumptions. One may well ask, since the book's authors are not LDS, why they should be expected to accept our assumptions?
Marc Schindler notes:
"The reason is that even if you don't accept an opponent's assumptions, you have to at least understand them and deal with them or you'll discredit yourself with neutral inquirers, and possibly even with your target audience, which in the case of Mormonism 101 is "Biblicists" who try to "witness" to Latter-day Saints. This is because, as will be shown time and again in this review, what McKeever and Johnson are actually criticizing are caricatures of the teachings of the Restored Gospel-teachings that they interpret on the basis of their own assumptions, rather than on ours. When the truth is examined, rather than caricatures or straw man arguments, works like Mormonism 101 lose their credibility. A polemical book that tries to ridicule the Restored Gospel-which is what Mormonism 101 is at heart-cannot afford to provide balanced arguments or it risks confusing the rather narrow world view of its intended audience of anti-Mormon "witnessers.""