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Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation between a Mormon and an Evangelical

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Inspired by the groundbreaking publication of How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation, (InterVarsity, 1997) Robert L.Millet, a life longMormon, former dean of religious education, and currently a Professor of Religious Educationat Brigham Young University, and Gregory C.V.Johnson, a ordainedBaptist pastor from Utah and a former Mormon, meet and beg ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Monkfish Book Publishing
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Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen
This was very much worth the read. It may not be deep in doctrines of either religion, however, it is deep in civil discourse between differing religions. There is no reason to cut each others throats over our beliefs, but there is all the reason in the world to embrace each other over our beliefs. I feel that they convey that quite well in this book. Find the common ground instead of harping on about the uncommon. If you are looking more for doctrine, read How Wide the Divide.
Jun 02, 2015 Jacob rated it liked it
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This is the kind of title that tells you exactly what to expect from the book, so you will already know whether you're interested in reading it. This book is exactly a dialogue between a Mormon professor of religion from BYU and an Evangelical pastor who formed a friendship over the last decade or so. The book is somewhat about identifying the real differences in doctrine between the LDS church and evangelical Protestantism, but mostly about how it's much more productive to form real friendships ...more
Matthew Carlson
Jun 24, 2008 Matthew Carlson rated it it was ok
This volume is touted as a continuation, at least to the extent that is it represents to some extent the dialogue between an Evangelical and an LDS Christian, of the conversation which was initiated by Evangelical scholar Craig Blomberg and LDS scholar Stephen E. Robinson. Unfortunately, I believe it to have been a step backward rather than a step forward.

Although both authors maintain the civil rapport (at times bordering on what seems to be to be an overeager desire to appear cordial and conci
Aug 14, 2008 John rated it liked it
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BYU Professor Bob Millet and Reverend Greg Johnson have jointly addressed many dozens of groups concerning the similarities and differences between Mormonism and Evangelical Christianity. This book presents questions and answers drawn from those forums. Millet and Johnson affirm and demonstrate that they have a strong friendship and a rapport that is most exemplary of true Christian charity, even while they tenaciously hold to their divergent religious convictions. They have each shown an abilit ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This book is very different from How Wide the Divide. The entire book is a transcript taken from one of their public speaking engagements on the subject of Mormonism and Evangelical beliefs. The first half is a dialogue between the two authors and the second half is the authors answering questions from a Mormon and Evangelical audience.

I like how the two authors really encourage respect and love between the two groups and open dialog without criticism or judgment. I liked how easy the book was t
David Menzies
Jul 12, 2011 David Menzies rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) I didn't really want to come away saying "Yes! My guy showed him!", but at the same time I did fancy a theological and intellectual twister like I've had in other interfaith dialogues that I just didn't experience in this one.

Apart from the lack of theological depth, the brief skimming of issues, the sometimes over-sympatheticness of it all, on the whole it was a good, quick read by two scholars that seem to have genuinely opened up to each other and became friends in the process. I
May 04, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
I thought this was a very informative book. Bridging the Divide is a Q&A from a religious professor, Robert Millet from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS/Mormon) and Reverend Greg Johnson, from the Evangelical church. I liked that there wasn't any negativity from either side, but I felt like the book and conversion lacked spirit. Maybe it's because both sides need to be careful and aware of the other side? Very appropriate, very engaging, I learned something new about both ...more
Jim Erekson
May 17, 2012 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Thoughtful book, but it skirts some of the tough questions about why people need to or should work across different churches. There is a lot about how two professionals in religion can learn to get past divisive issues, but far less that gets to the heart of how everyday people can work together. A good start at something they should continue to publish on for the average person--or maybe the average person should write it instead.

Some of the answers in the Q/A section are the standard 'party l
Jefferson Cloward
Jul 30, 2012 Jefferson Cloward rated it liked it
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10 years later, Millet and Johnson did a follow up to How Wide the Divide, attempting to show how open and respectful dialogue can take place even with immense differences in belief. I had the opportunity to meet with Millet and Johnson on a regular basis when I returned from my mission and talk with them in person about these subjects and other questions that troubled me.
Jul 10, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
This was a great book, good, simple insights and conversation between a Mormon and an Evangelical pastor. I liked it more until I read a little bit about the pastor online afterward. Based on his website, he's not quite as altruistic as this book would lead you to believe. :(
Apr 14, 2012 Laurel rated it liked it
It was an interesting dialogue but I was waiting for the meat which is evidently in the first book. I had Heather purchase this book for Rich's birthday and send it. She couldn't get "How Wide the Divide". When we get home we will perhaps pursue the topic further.
Feb 12, 2012 Rich rated it really liked it
This helped me to better understand Evangelical theology and how those of my faith are perceived by those who hold to more traditional Christian traditions. I recommend the book.
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Robert L. Millet, professor of ancient scripture and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, holds a master s degree in psychology from BYU and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Florida State University. He is a popular speaker and prolific writer whose other books include Lost and Found: Reflections on the Prodigal Son; Grace Works; and More Holiness Give Me. He and his wi ...more
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