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Many people think that Mormonism is just another branch of Christianity. Interestingly enough, however, that is something that official Mormon doctrine has never taught. Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, actually thought all Christianity was apostate, and that the Mormons were the only true church. And other official Mormon doctrine (such as it is), seems to say the same thing. This is why Ethan Harris chose to compare official Mormon teaching with the Bible, hoping to show how different from Christianity Mormonism really is. In The Gospel According to Joseph Smith, he places Mormon doctrine side-by-side with Christian doctrine to offer a reliable, informative comparison like no other.

Harris offers a compelling introduction to the history of Mormonism, and then looks at the primary works of Mormonism, including the writings of Smith and the writings of the Mormon Prophets. He shows what the official Mormon doctrine of God is, and explains the doctrine of baptism for the dead, and the origin of sin. He also looks at Mormon doctrines of creation. Throughout this book, Harris compares the Book of Mormon to the Bible on various doctrines. He also offers an ethical argument against Mormonism, along with the testimonies of those who have left Mormonism for Christianity.

Harris is civil toward Mormonism, and shows great respect for Mormon thinkers. His decision to use only primary sources stems from this respect, and results in a fair and accurate assessment of Mormon doctrine. Whether you are a Mormon with questions about your faith, or you are a Christian with friends of loved ones in Mormonism, you will likely appreciate this book. The differences between Christianity and Mormonism are clearly shown, and documented from primary sources for each religion. Neither a diatribe, nor polemic in nature, The Gospel According to Joseph Smith showcases Harris' passion to reveal truth, as he allows the sources for each religion to speak for themselves. This book is destined to become one of the best resources for effective ministry to Mormons.
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Review 1 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Lucid and lovingly written

Date:June 19, 2012
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Don't listen to the haters who have an obvious agenda. This book is the best work on the subject. Lucid , intelligent, and lovingly written. I've read it cover to cover many times.
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Review 2 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:January 22, 2010
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mormons_son
Please...your biased views are so blatant, but if you sincerely seek to understand Mormonism, as you put it....ask its leaders....what ever fault you think it may have, remember this is Christs church, its not the people you fight, but HIM [attempt]...I understand you wish to understand, if this was the case, try living it, to fully comprehend
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Review 3 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:August 31, 2009
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Jim M.
This book is basically just Harris' official mockery of Mormonism. I have some morman friends and they are nothing like what Harris describes. There are much better books out there that can really help your mormon friends and nieghbors find Christ.
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Review 4 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:February 7, 2006
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Steven
If you like reading mistruths and enjoy hearing someone regurgitate the typical anti-mormon rhetoric, then this book is for you. Ethan Harris tries to put a negative spin on the basic beliefs of our mormon neighbors. I know many mormons and can sniff out a sloppy attempt at religious bashing when I read it. Don't buy this refuse, unless you are curious to know why people are hell-bent on bashing mormons. This is the equivalent to the KKK writing a book on black history!!!
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Review 5 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:July 19, 2002
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Craig Frank
Very easy to read and understand from chapter to chapter. I was impressed with the way Mr. Harris presented the basic beliefs of Mormonism. I would recommend this book for anyone who is starting their preparation for witnessing to Mormons. It is not an easy task but this book certainly gives me an outline of where to start.
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Review 6 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:April 18, 2002
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Ray Dunsworth
This book will be helpful for the Christian who seeks to understand Mormonism. The systematic approach taken by Ethan Harris is refreshingly different from many books about cults. Early on, he explains the authority structure of Mormonism, which includes its standard works and the words of Mormon "prophets."He explains the Mormon view of God (including the Mormon doctrine that Adam is God), and Mormon ideas about salvation, and contrasts these with orthodox Christian teaching. He looks at a number of distinctive Mormon beliefs, and shows that these beliefs often contradict the authoritative works of Mormonism.One of the most interesting parts of the book is his ethical argument against Mormonism. Lots of people do not care much about doctrine, but will notice that Mormons are nice, moral people. Mr. Harris shows that given their doctrine of God,they have no basis for their morality. After all, if God was once a man like us, and is progressing, then he could not perfectly decide what good and evil are. he might change his mind tomorrow, as he progresses. And in fact, Mormon morality has changed over time. For example, polytheism was commanded by God from 1843 to 1890, and then this command was revoked at the time that Utah sought statehood. Mr. Harris has researched this book well. He is obviously familiar with the standard works of Mormonism, and has read a lot of obscure material that very few non-Mormon readers would be expected to know. He has also conversed extensively with Mormons and ex-Mormons, and in fact he publishes some testimonies from ex-Mormons which give a good look into the Mormon state of mind.Ethan Harris has done a great job in preparing this book.
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Review 7 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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5 out of 5

Date:April 13, 2002
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John
This book is an excellent introduction to Mormonism. The author has used primary source documents that will enlighten the non-Mormon and establish his credentials with Mormons. Anyone looking to understand Mormonism or to witness to Mormon friends will want to have this book.
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Review 8 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:March 11, 2002
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Keith
A good critique of the doctrines of Mormonism. Unique in its comprehensive use of LDS primary source documents. The best place to start for an understanding of what this "church" teaches.
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Review 9 for Gospel According to Joseph Smith: A Christian Response to Mormon Teaching
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Date:March 9, 2002
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Jennifer Petersen
Helpful, logical, a "must read", very valuable as a resource guide.Harris has obviously done much research in order to present a clear, concise and organized approach to presenting the differences between the Bible vs. the teachings of Mormonism. The nuances are presented and the reader comes to realize how beguiling Mormonism is. Some Mormon teachings are so *close* to the Bible as to cause the reader to pause and determine the differences. Some radical teachings, such as Adam being our father and the ability for us to become gods (as opposed to God-like) may be unfamiliar to Mormon believers.I enjoyed the inclusion of letters from former Mormon believers. Most of all, I came to respect Harris's testimony as given in the last chapter.This book should be on every Bible student's reference shelf. Our church will be using it as part of their Mormon outreach program.
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