By Douglas J. Davies
Even supposing one of many quickest starting to be spiritual activities on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to be a secret by way of its middle ideals and theological constitution. This well timed publication offers an enormous creation to the fundamental background, doctrines and practices of The LDS--the "Mormon" Church. Emphasizing sacred texts and prophecies in addition to the an important Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism, it truly is written by way of a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Mormonism (Introduction to Religion)
Theological belief can also affect geography as much as it did Mormon social action. The history of the world has been marked not only by the association of religious ideas with particular secular authorities but also by the emergence of groups dedicated to their religious ideals and seeking to manifest them within communities established as separate from others. Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism, for example, have all had their periods of geographical-politicalreligious power.
Earlier in this chapter I drew attention to the signiﬁcance of relationships in the emergent LDS understanding of God and of other members of the Church. This, too, operates as a kind of category of thought within Mormonism and needs to be brought into a clear juxtaposition with the notion of ‘principles’. Indeed, one of the underlying themes of this book operates on the understanding that ‘relations’ and ‘principles’ serve as a combined element in directing and motivating LDS thought. This will become particularly apparent in chapter 6 when I analyse the nature and function of grace in Mormon theology, for there I will argue that there is an inherent tension present between the idea of ‘relations’ and that of ‘principles’.
This has relevance for Mormonism in that while it was born out of Adventism, ‘magical mysticality’, popular intellectualism and Masonry’ its earliest life took the form of a missionary movement. In fact it exempliﬁes van Rooden’s thesis in a novel form. Unlike missionary societies that were formed by people within or from established denominations, the LDS movement was a combination of Church and missionary society. So it was that the prophet could announce the word of the Lord as basic to the Church’s venture The birth and growth of Mormonism 31 and nature: ‘Send forth the elders of my church unto the nations .
An Introduction to Mormonism (Introduction to Religion) by Douglas J. Davies