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Why the Church Is As True As the Gospel

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Originally published: Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, c1986.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Bookcraft Pubs (first published 1986)
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Anna
Mar 31, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
This was very compelling but not convincing. I really like England's ideas but I'm just not totally swayed. He argues that because the church is full of people who all believe in the gospel but have very different views and backgrounds, it is the perfect place to cultivate learning to live the gospel. He challenges us to learn to love everyone at church. Learn to see people who you think "have problems" as people to learn from as well as serve in a way Christ would serve. He argues that you can ...more
Craig
May 03, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
This book is a compilation of essays written by Eugene England, a beloved BYU professor and "Mormon intellectual" who has written extensively about his experience with Mormonism.

Although I found most of the essays enlightening, in this review I'm only going to be addressing the one essay entitled "Why the Church Is as True as the Gospel". First off, the title was a bit confusing to me; I thought it meant that the Church is merely as true as the Gospel, or rather: 'only if the Gospel is true coul
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Sirpa Grierson
I discovered this jewel of a book by my former colleague, Dr. Eugene England, because the forward was written by High Nibley and included at the end of Nibley's book, "Temple and Cosmos." I ordered it and was delighted. Edited by my friend and colleague, Gideon, Burton, this book shows the range and depth of Dr. England's thoughts. I have page corners turned to refer back to and made many marginal notations as I read. Although I didn't enjoy all of the essays equally well, here are my must reads ...more
Lowell
Sep 24, 2013 Lowell rated it really liked it
Every Latter-Day Saint over 25 would significantly benefit from reading the essay after which this book is titled (you can find the text online- just Google it). A fantastic discussion on how the opportunities provided us by working with so many different personalities with so many different backgrounds - people with whom we normally would not interact on our own accord - is part of the brilliance of the church as an organization and how we draw closer to Christ through such service as we allow ...more
Dave
Jul 13, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
If any one thing can keep me engaged in Mormonism, more likely than not it's Eugene England's essays. I'm captivated by his humble and imperfect wisdom. It's hopeful, deceptively simple fare that deserves rereading and continued reflection.
Sage
Dec 16, 2008 Sage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good points made in this book. He made a good case for how we benefit from attending church with all kinds of different people and how the challenge to work with others helps us live the gospel more fully. I think he's right. I had the opportunity to be in his home and know some of his children.
Ruth
Feb 07, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
I read this because of Hugh Nibley's forward. I was disappointed that this book was just a book of essays on a variety of topics only one of which was about the church. I did enjoy the article on 'Why the Church is as True as the Gospel, but that is just about all I enjoyed.
Jacob
Jun 09, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it
A good variety of England's devotional and more academic essays. England models well an open and honest exploration of gospel subjects (especially difficult subjects). Recommended if you're looking for a unique Mormon voice and authentic engagement with Mormon ideas.
Sharman Wilson
Mar 28, 2009 Sharman Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, lds
This book has had a huge influence on me and my relationship with the institutional Church. It's carried me through some difficult times and helped me have perspective when I needed it most.
Rebecca
Apr 18, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title essay and the one on Joseph Millet are wonderful. Be sure and read his essay, "Blessing the Chevrolet," a classic found elsewhere. Reread this lately.
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A remarkable teacher, writer, and human being, Eugene England (1933-2001) profoundly influenced thousands of students, readers, and colleagues. A tireless advocate of what he called “great books and true religion,” he co-founded Dialogue, the first independent Mormon scholarly journal, and the Association for Mormon Letters. His thought-provoking personal essays explored the issues of belief, peac ...more
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