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Mormonism by Jan Shipps
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Apr 18, 2011

bookshelves: religious-studies, religion-in-america, new-religious-movements

The best single book about Mormonism for the general reader and for the nonspecialist. Shipps, though not a Mormon herself, is regarded both within and without the LDS Church as one of the foremost experts on Mormonism. This work presents a sympathetic outsider's perspective on the Church, while also attempting to "locate" Mormonism on the spectrum of American religiosity. Shipps's conclusion is that while the question of whether Mormonism is Christian is a convoluted one, it is possible to see in the Church an institution that is both an outgrowth of Christianity and different enough from traditional Christianity to be seen as a "new religion."
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