By Terryl L. Givens

ISBN-10: 0199794928

ISBN-13: 9780199794928

ISBN-10: 152266243X

ISBN-13: 9781522662433

during this first quantity of his magisterial learn of the rules of Mormon idea and perform, Terryl L. Givens bargains a sweeping account of Mormon trust from its founding to the current day. Situating the rather new stream within the context of the Christian culture, he unearths that Mormonism maintains to alter and grow.

Givens indicates that regardless of Mormonism's origins in a biblical tradition strongly inspired by way of nineteenth-century Restorationist notion, which recommended a go back to the Christianity of the early Church, the recent stream diverges notably from the Christianity of the creeds. Mormonism proposes its personal cosmology and metaphysics, within which human id is rooted in a premortal global as everlasting as God. Mormons view mortal existence as an enlightening ascent instead of a catastrophic fall, and reject conventional Christian options of human depravity and future. well known fascination with Mormonism's social ideas, corresponding to polygamy and communalism, and its supernatural and esoteric elements-angels, gold plates, seer stones, a brand new global backyard of Eden, and sacred undergarments-have lengthy overshadowed the truth that it's the such a lot enduring or even thriving manufactured from the 19th century's spiritual upheavals and innovations.

Wrestling the Angel lines the basic contours of Mormon inspiration from the time of Joseph Smith and Brigham younger to the modern LDS church, illuminating either the seminal impact of the founding iteration of Mormon thinkers and the numerous advancements within the church over virtually 2 hundred years. the main complete account of the improvement of Mormon notion ever written, Wrestling the Angel could be crucial studying for someone trying to comprehend the Mormon faith.

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