Foreword and afterword by Richard J. Mouw
Are Latter-day Saints Christian, or do they worship a different Jesus? In this engaging book based on the foundational Mormon documents, Robert Millet clearly explains why Latter-day Saints claim to be Christians and compares their understanding of Jesus with the views of traditional Christian believers.
A leading Mormon scholar who has spent much of his career in conversation with traditional Christians and their writings, Millet discusses what constitutes Christianity and examines how the Latter-day Saints fit or do not fit within that rubric. Intended to inform rather than to convince or persuade, A Different Jesus?
clears away misconceptions and doctrinal distortions that characterize more polemical works about Mormonism. Millet points out the many beliefs that Latter-day Saints hold in common with traditional Christians, yet he also emphasizes differences where they exist.A Different Jesus?
initiates and will foster a significant dialogue between Latter-day Saints and traditional Christians. Of special value are a lengthy chapter that answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Mormonism, a glossary showing how key theological terms are defined by Latter-day Saints, and evangelical scholar Richard Mouw's foreword and afterword, which help set an agenda for future discussions between these rich religious traditions.
"This groundbreaking book by a Mormon scholar compares LDS beliefs about Christ with traditional Protestant (and, to a lesser extent, Catholic and Orthodox) views. . . The book's honest and searching tone is deepened still further by Richard Mouw's gracious afterword, in which he respectfully identifies issues where he disagrees with his Mormon friend."
Craig L. Blomberg
"Bob Millet is one of the most gracious and articulate spokesmen from any religious tradition that I have met. This volume will allow a wide range of readers to see for themselves what one very prominent and influential Latter-day Saints scholar believes about Jesus and to evaluate whether or not it adequately comports with the Christ of the Bible to merit the label 'Christian."
"Through this book Bob Millet has given the Christian world a gift of clarity. He lays out a thoroughly Mormon understanding of Jesus-centered salvation and draws the points of connection to classical Christian teaching. Yet he does not at all hide or diminish the fundamental differences in our understandings. A Different Jesus? is an excellent foundation for growth and understanding and respect."
David L. Paulsen
"Without polemics or defensive apologetics, Robert Millet has so clearly articulated the doctrine of Christ found within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that from now on critics will be left without excuse for caricaturing or misrepresenting Mormon Christology or soteriology. Though Millet does not profess to be speaking for the Latter-day Saints church, I believe LDS leaders and laity alike will find his presentation to be a faithful and penetrating representation of commonly shared convictions."
Truman G. Madsen
"Here Robert Millet shows through careful comparison and contrast both what is common to LDS and traditional Christian beliefs and what distinguishes them. I highly recommend this book."
Craig J. Hazen
"Robert L. Millet has done us all a great service with this book. He communicates contemporary Latter-day Saints thinking on Christology with remarkable clarity and charity. His years of open, bold, and authentic dialogue with traditional Protestants of all stripes have certainly given him a special vantage point. This work sets the stage for a whole new level of robust dialogue between the LDS and evangelical Christian communities."
Gregory C. V. Johnson
"Without hesitation I recommend this book to evangelical Christians and Latter-day Saints alike. It will help both communities to better understand their own doctrines of Christ, while at the same time allowing us all to make accurate comparisons and contrasts with each other as we pursue the central truth of Jesus together in the context of civil and loving relationships."
Robert J. Matthews
"A treasury of useful information. . . Readers will find A Different Jesus? insightful and challenging."