For over a decade Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw has participated in Mormon-evangelical dialogue with a view to developing a better understanding between the two groups. His participation in these discussions has drawn severe criticism and even anger from people who believe such talks are pointless or even dangerous.
Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals is a brief, highly accessible book advocating humility, patience, and a willingness to admit our own shortcomings. Mouw shows why it is necessary to move beyond stark denunciation to a dialogue that allows both parties to express differences and explore common ground.
Without papering over significantly divergent perspectives on important issues like the role of prophecy, the nature of God, and the creeds, Mouw points to areas in which Mormon-evangelical dialogue evidences hope for the future. In so doing, he not only informs readers but also models respectful evangelical debate.
Richard J. Mouw is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His many other books include Uncommon Decency, Praying at Burger King, and Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction.
In this book the esteemed president of Fuller Seminary appeals to fellow evangelicals to observe civility and fairness in dialogue with Latter-day Saints. Given that the Mormon church has had relatively little formal contact with traditional Christianity for a century and a half, this is an important statement--and one that doubtless will provoke controversy.
-Richard N. Ostling
Coauthor of Mormon America, former religion writer with Time magazine and the Associated Press
Richard Mouw's persistence in conducting an interfaith dialogue with Mormons--in the face of bitter criticism from those of his own tradition--speaks volumes about his character and integrity...While as a Latter-day Saint I obviously disagree with some of Mouw's conclusions, I am moved to the core by his generosity of soul and his eagerness not only to engage theological differences but also to celebrate points on which there is welcome agreement.
-Robert L. Millet
Brigham Young University
Mouw represents a rare blend of doctrinal certainty and generosity of spirit. In this book--and over many years of dialogue with leading Mormons--he has put this winning combination into practice.
Editor in chief, Christianity Today
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