Category Archives: Understanding the Book of Mormon

Utah Advance in the News

The Utah Church Multiplication Summit, co-sponsored by Utah Advance, was featured in the print version of the Salt Lake Tribune on November 28. The same article featured by book “Understanding the Book of Mormon”. The book was made available to Utah church planters and leaders at the Summit. To read the article, go to “New pastors learn about their new flock: Utahns.”

Recent Recommendation

Janis Hutchinson is a well-respected writer, author of the ground-breaking book Out of the Cults and Into the Church. Today on her web site (www.janishutchinson.com), she posted a very positive recommendation of my book Understanding the Book of Mormon.

Recommended:

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Quick Christian Guide to the Mormon Holy Book by former Mormon, Ross Anderson (Zondervan 2009)

This is an excellent overview for those who prefer quick, but informative coverage of not only the Book of Mormon, but also the Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and Joseph Smith’s inspired version of the Bible. Especially commendable is Ross’s nonjudgmental and respectful presentation of the doctrinal differences between the Bible and Book of Mormon. Also, his section entitled, “Are Mormons Christian?” and “How Christians Can Talk With Mormons” call attention to the fact that when Christians approach a religious culture that is different than their own, it is imperative that, aside from knowledge of their doctrines, they comprehend the mindset of the members. Without this information, most evangelistic endeavors by Christians will fail. Ross does an excellent job in conveying this information.

How Latter-day Saints Experience the Book of Mormon

This week I am the guest blogger at a site called Koinonia.  The theme there is biblical-theological conversations for the community of Christ.  I’m posting reflections drawn from my presentation at the Compassionate Boldness Conference, on the multi-faceted relationship Latter-day Saints have with the Book of Mormon.  I will eventually post those articles at this site, but in the mean time check out my comments at:

http://www.koinoniablog.net/2009/06/understanding-the-book-of-mormon-by-ross-anderson.html

http://www.koinoniablog.net/2009/06/anderson-2.html

http://www.koinoniablog.net/2009/06/anderson-3.html

http://www.koinoniablog.net/2009/06/understanding-the-book-of-mormon-part-4-by-ross-anderson.html#more

http://www.koinoniablog.net/2009/06/anderson-5.html#more

Reviews of My Book

So far I’ve found 5 reviews that mention my book, Understanding the Book of Mormon.  All of them are positive.  I haven’t seen any negative reviews yet.  I’m curious about how the LDS apologists will receive it, since the tone is different from what they’re used to seeing from evangelical Christians.  But the content and conclusions will still be not to the their liking.

http://www.russellmoore.com/2009/04/26/reading-joseph-smiths-book/

http://bbhchurchconnection.blogspot.com/2009/04/understanding-book-of-mormon-review.htm

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=283218&netp_id=584281&event=EBRN&item_code=WW&view=covers#customer_reviews

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/55477492

http://www.michaelandjennyclark.com/?p=362

Why not ask a Mormon?

From time to time the question comes up, “If a person wants to know more about the Book of Mormon, shouldn’t they just ask the Latter-day Saints?” But my point in writing Understanding the Book of Mormon was to present the LDS holy book from a specifically evangelical Christian perspective. It does show respect to ask  Latter-day Saints for their view about the Book of Mormon, and it does help us truly understand more completely.  That’s why I did so in writing this book.  At the same time, it is also legitimate to express a different perspective. Think of it like this: if you were thinking of buying a Ford truck, would you only ask the Ford dealer? Probably not. Why not? Because you might suspect that the Ford dealer’s view of his own products might not be completely objective. The Chevy dealer’s view of Ford trucks won’t be objective either, but his evaluation might help you get a better idea of the issues and questions.

A couple of years ago I noticed that the LDS Institute (a campus center for Mormon students) at our local college was offering a class on Protestant Christianity. I called the teacher and offered to visit the class to explain some things about Protestant Christians that Latter-day Saints would probably not understand, and to answer any questions they might have. I figured that if they wanted to learn about Protestant Christians, who better to ask than  a Christian pastor? The Institute teacher declined my offer, stating that they preferred to follow their own curriculum. I wasn’t offended. I figured that the Mormons have the right to interpret Protestant Christianity from their own perspective.

My book is written in the same vein: to interpret the Book of Mormon from a traditional Christian perspective.