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Building The Goodly Fellowship Of Faith by Frederick Quinn
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Oct 11, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2008, checked-out-2008
Read in October, 2008

It was somewhat cringe-inducing to read the old put-downs of the LDS people reproduced in this book, however the author does a good job of providing the context for LDS tension: actual theological difference, the tension of being a minority people, and the need to inflate that tension in reports east as a means of drumming up much needed funding. More positive interactions are also well reported.

The book as many excellent character studies. Most of the book is structured around the leadership of each bishop, however there are rich reviews of several interesting priest and a couple of lay community members as well. I got a lot out of the book in terms of thinking about how a minority religion deals with it's place in society and, in combination with the situation with Native Americans, appropriate evangalizes its position. Though there are mistakes, there are also several good examples well explained in this book.
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