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With their strong emphasis on traditional family values, education, discipline, and service, Mormons sound and look more "Christian" than many believers. At first glance, there seems to be little to criticize in what they say or do. But peel back the facade, and you find a cult with its roots in immorality and heresy. The story of the Mormon Church is one of in-fighting, racism, polygamy, and violence. Often, even the members of the group don't know the full truth about either the history or the teachings of this fast-growing church. Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture, leaving many people confused or uncertain in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Because few people have the time or opportunity to research these movements fully, these books provide essential information and insights for their spiritual journeys.
Each book has five sections: a concise introduction to the group; an overview of the group's theology-in its own words; tips for witnessing effectively to members of the group; a bibliography with sources for further study; and a comparison chart that shows the essential differences between biblical Christianity and the group. The writers of these volumes are well qualified to present clear and reliable information and help us discern religious truth from falsehood.
Alan W. Gomes (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of historical theology and chairman of the department of theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Kurt Van Gordon, formerly a pastor in Utah, is the director of Jude 3 Missions and the Utah Gospel Mission, founded as a mission to cults in 1898.