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By Douglas J. Davies

Even though one of many quickest turning out to be non secular activities on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still a secret when it comes to its center ideals and theological constitution. This well timed ebook presents a big creation to the elemental 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 way of a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.

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The pope stands as the prime symbolic embodiment of that foundation and continuity in a worldwide church held together by bishops of whom he is first amongst equals. Catholic priests are responsible for the sacraments, which are the means of grace, most especially the Mass as a symbol of the death of Christ for the salvation of the world. Doctrine in Catholicism lies under the scrutiny and interpretation of central church authorities and is not left open to each member’s views. It is no accident that Catholicism developed in and through a closed hierarchy of priests within a church that, when in its medieval prime, took the form of a holy empire.

This was why Mormonism was no ‘back to the Bible’ movement but saw new truth coming to life in the Book of Mormon and in the growing material of the Doctrine and Covenants. The formal ‘principles’ fostered by early Mormonism were unlike biblical or other textual ideas that describe the uncreated aspects of the universe, for they constituted the very matrix of causality upon which all life operated. Principles also furnish a background rationale against which doctrinal discussion and teaching function.

Without righteousness and happiness there is no punishment or misery. ’ Here the rhetorical style is highly reminiscent of Paul’s treatment of belief and doubt about death and resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. For Joseph Smith the pivotal point (the equivalent of 1 Corinthians 15: 20 – ‘But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead’) is his affirmation ‘for there is a God, and he hath created all things’ (2 Nephi 2: 14). This assertion sets in train the basic account of the Plan of Salvation including the ‘misery’ of the devil after his fall, with his subsequent desire to make ‘all men .

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