Talking Doctrine: Mormons and Evangelicals in Conversation
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For the past 15 years, 19 Mormon and evangelical scholars have frankly and honestly investigated their differences. Talking Doctrine strives to overcome oversimplifications and serves as a model of charitable listening and mutual education, having led to high-level exchanges growing out of a shared sense of dialogue.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 083084080X
ISBN-13: 9780830840809

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Over the past two centuries relations between Mormons and evangelicals could at best be described as guarded and suspicious and at worst as antagonistic and hostile. In recent years, however, evangelicals and Mormons have frequently found themselves united against certain influences in society—militant atheism, growing secularism, ethical relativism and frontal attacks on marriage, the family and religious liberty. With this background, a group of nine Mormon and ten evangelical scholars undertook a remarkable journey over a period of fifteen years to discuss differences and investigate possible common ground. The essays in this book reflect thoughtful, respectful and nuanced engagements on some of the most controversial topics that have inflamed passions in the past. Evangelical contributors include
  • Craig Blomberg
  • Christopher Hall
  • Gerald McDermott
Among the Mormon participants are
  • Spencer Fluhman
  • Camille Fronk Olson
  • Grant Underwood
They and thirteen others consider what they have learned about honest, frank and respectful dialogue while also taking up key doctrines for both communities. The results may surprise you as the nature of God, authority, grace and more are all discussed with both candor and generosity.

Author Bio

Richard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago) now serves as professor of faith and public life after twenty years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written over twenty books on topics of social ethics, philosophy of culture and interfaith dialogue, including Uncommon Decency, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, Praying at Burger King, The God Who Commands, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, The Smell of Sawdust and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals. A leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups, Mouw served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and as president of the Association of Theological Schools. For seventeen years he was a professor of philosophy at Calvin College and in 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.

Robert L. Millet (PhD, Florida State University) is a Latter-day Saint author and speaker with more than seventy published works on Mormonism, including A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate coauthored with Gerald R. McDermott and Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between a Mormon and an Evangelical coauthored with Pastor Gregory C. V. Johnson. Millet serves as coordinator of the Office of Religious Outreach and professor emeritus of religious education at Brigham Young University. At BYU he also served as chair of the department of ancient Scripture and dean of the college of religious education. He appears frequently as a commentator on BYUTV and in other media roles as manager of outreach and interfaith relations for the LDS Church's Public Affairs Department.


The ongoing Mormon-evangelical dialogue has been a model of charitable listening and mutual education, but also of challenging confrontations expressed in just the right way. This book features high-level exchanges growing out of that dialogue, with an unusually compelling mix of exposition, apologetics and evangelism (from both sides to both sides). It is an important landmark on an important journey.
-Mark Noll,
Francis McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Some people wonder why they should engage in conversation with persons of other faiths. Short of conversion, what is to be gained? Here is the answer from Mormons and evangelicals who have been talking to one another for many years. They tell you what they learned and how these conversations changed their lives. One cannot help but wonder if this is not the kind of talk the world needs more of.
-Richard Bushman,
Gouverneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University

Fifteen years ago, the prospect of evangelicals and Mormons engaged in theological conversation struck some as preposterous and others as hopeful. Talking Doctrine demonstrates that the balance tilts decisively toward the latter rather than the former.
-Randall Balmer,
Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences, chair of the department of religion, Dartmouth College

Times are changing. For nearly two centuries, wariness - if not hostility - has marked the relationship between Mormons and evangelicals. But in the past fifteen years a small but courageous band of academics on both sides has met to see what could be done. These thoughtful essays by dialogue participants mark a major contribution to that effort. They describe the history of the project, designate places where bridges might be built and call for honest respect where they cannot. Simply put, the book offers a valuable moment of repose for measuring the past, taking stock of the present and offering hope for the future.
-Grant Wacker,
Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian History, Duke University

Richard Mouw and Robert Millet have compiled an outstanding collection of essays that place Jesus' core message at the center of interfaith dialogue: true disciples interact in love and mutual respect. These pioneers of the evangelical-Mormon conversation have much to teach us all by their words and examples alike.
-Terryl Givens,
Bostwick Professor of English, University of Richmond

Editorial Reviews

"The book is very readable and speaks to all people, no matter the level of awareness of Christian doctrine, because all readers can benefit by improving how they approach other religions. Whatever pulls readers to engage this book, even if only curiosity, it will be worth their time."

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