Perspectives on Mormon Theology

Apologetics

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Editor(s): 
Blair G. Van Dyke, Loyd Isao Ericson
  • Draper, UT: 
    Greg Kofford Books, Inc.
    , July
     2017.
     294 pages.
     $25.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781589585805.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

This volume in the Perspectives on Mormon Theologyseries is an exploration of Mormon apologetics—or the defense of faith. Since its very beginning, various Latter-day Saints have sought to utilize evidence and reason to actively promote or defend beliefs and claims within the Mormon tradition. Mormon apologetics reached new levels of sophistication as believers trained in fields such as Near-Eastern languages and culture, history, and philosophy began to utilize their knowledge and skills to defend their beliefs.

The contributors to this volume seek to explore the textures and contours of apologetics from multiple perspectives, revealing deep theological and ideological fissures within the Mormon scholarly community concerning apologetics. However, in spite of deep-seated differences, what each author has in common is a passion for Mormonism and how it is presented and defended. This volume captures that reality and allows readers to encounter the terrain of Mormon apologetics at close range.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Blair G. Van Dyke is an independent scholar and teaches philosophy and religious studies at Utah Valley University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation For Religious Diplomacy and is the Custodian of the Mormon Chapter of the Foundation. He holds a Doctorate in the philosophy of education from Brigham Young University. Van Dyke is the co-author of Holy Lands, A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East, and co-editor of a forthcoming volume entitled The Expanded Canon Mormonism and Sacred Texts.

Loyd Isao Ericson is the managing editor of Greg Kofford Books and has been published in SunstoneElement: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, and the Claremont Journal of Mormon Studies, which he helped found. 

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