Since Mormonism is all the “rave” today, at least in the blogosphere, I will recommend a few books that will assist the researcher to better understand what Mormonism is all about. If one were to read these five books listed, you would have quite a grasp on Mormon history, theology, as well as a reasoned theological and philosophical response to it. Click on the books for the Amazon.com link.
Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints
One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church
Becoming Gods: A Closer Look at 21st-Century Mormonism (this book is a sequel to the historical survey above and deals more with what modern Mormonism teaches)
The Mormon Concept of God: A Philosophical Analysis (Studies in American Religion Series) – Library Edition
The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement
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The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon
DNA vs. the Book of Mormon
Lifting the Veil of Polygamy
UPDATE: 12-16-07, in response to comment section:
Starting to Learn,
All you need to do is open up your “quad” and the Bible that is in that conglomeration of adding and taking away authority from it is what I accept.
This "Continuing Revelation" is key to Mormon theology. Scripture can be changed. For instance, in the 1835 edition of Doctrines and Covenants we find this in Section 101:4:
Polygamy was practiced from 1832 to after 1890 while the 1835 D&C 101:4 (which was Scripture until 1876), originally condemned the practice of polygamy. The Book of Mormon likewise condemned it:
Now, this "Continuing Revelation" is one aspect (of quite a few) of what makes Mormonism a theological cult (not a harmful cult that interprets scripture that end up killing people, like Jehovah's Witnesses), but the mere fact that whomever is in control can change the Scriptures to suit there needs, and all the previous “editions” of “revelation” are now obsolete. For instance, from the 1833 edition to the 1835 edition of Doctrines and Covenants there were 65,000 changes. But I am only dealing with one aspect of those changes here, polygamy. IN later editions of Doctrines and Covenants we find this, and the previous section I quoted was removed:
This weighs heavily on me in regards to a politician who is “wishy washy” already in what they typically promise and bring to fruition. Except in Mitt’s case, he has a theological premise to change, cover-up religious truths because he feels only those who have been sealed in the
I am sure others reading here who were not aware that changes to “Holy Scripture” could be made so easily is somewhat eye raising, to say the least And the 150-year long history of half-truths to what Mormons believe should likewise concern those who take religious convictions mixed with political serious as well.
Cult break-offs of the Mormon Church happen because as the Main church changes their “revelations,” others stick to the belief being X-ed out or “white-washed.” Take the "Black Issue" and the changing of Mormon Scripture to cover up the fact that Mormonism taught racist ideology.