Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals   -     By: Richard J. Mouw
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Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2012 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2012
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ISBN: 0802868584
ISBN-13: 9780802868589
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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.
-David Neff
Editor in chief, Christianity Today

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    Richard Mouw, the President of Fuller Seminary, has been maligned in a number of evangelical circles for "being too soft" in his dialogue with Mormons. Neither this small book nor my review will likely persuade his critics otherwise. Mouw obviously has a deep burden for those who have aligned themselves with the Latter Day Saints. He is to be commended for his eagerness in debating them in a kindly manner. Too kindly, some might say. Although he is strongly Calvinist in his theology, he raises significant issues with regard to Mormon doctrine that provide seed for his critics to accuse him of trying too hard to find common ground. I, too, found myself being initially uncomfortable with some of his statements, which is why the reader must stay with his argument to the end of the book. Having read it from cover-to-cover in a little more than two hours, I walked away with the conviction that my anemic witness to Mormons has been largely based upon presuppositions and erroneous assumptions which Mouw urges us to set aside in favor of listening better and being more objective. The author denounces foundational Mormon doctrine (but perhaps not strongly enough), while at the same time noting something of a contemporary shift in the thought of the LDS church and its scholars...a move he sees as positive and hopeful for creating a climate of discussion. Even though I do not entirely share Mouw's optimism, I was challenged to be more compassionate and respectful toward those who are certainly more intentional in promoting their brand of evangelism than I am in mine. Mouw's writing style is clear and convincing, and the reader needs to add his own level of discernment to the thesis he puts forth. The main lesson that I personally took from the book is that in any witnessing context, I need to be willing to assume the role of courteous listener and seek to understand before being understood.
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