Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Mormonism Unmasked

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Response to Mormonism Unmasked

A FairMormon Analysis of: 'Mormonism Unmasked', a work by author: R. Philip Roberts

Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked by R. Philip Roberts

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 1: Mormons on Your Doorstep"

Summary: Chapter 1: "Mormons on Your Doorstep" is a fictionalized account of a series of encounters between Latter-day Saint missionaries and an investigator family. There are no glaring inaccuracies in this chapter, although the "investigator" family is a little too ideal. This chapter sets the stage for the remainder of the book.


Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 2: The Marketing of an Image"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 3: The Making of a Religion"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 4: Polytheism Reborn"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 5: Confronting the Mormon Jesus"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 6: This is Good News?"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 7: Revealing Revelations"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 8: Jesus Is Coming Again"

Summary: No claims are currently addressed in this chapter.


Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 9: By Whose Authority?"

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Response to claims made in Mormonism Unmasked, "Chapter 10: Meeting the Mormon Challenge"

Summary: No claims in this chapter are currently addressed.


Reviews of this work

Louis Midgley, "Orders of Submission: Review of essays on Mormonism. Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 9/2 (Summer 2005): 1–81."

Louis Midgley,  The FARMS Review, (2006)
Though both The Mormon Puzzle and Mormonism Unmasked attack the Church of Jesus Christ and the faith of Latter-day Saints, the book is less irenic than the video. However, they are both well within the genre of aggressively adversarial "evangelism" that is typical of the countercult industry; they are not what one might expect from officials in a respectable, sophisticated, mainline Protestant denomination. Latter-day Saints seem to have ignored Mormonism Unmasked. Critical attention was, instead, focused more on The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism, on the widely distributed video, and on the accompanying packet of anti-Mormon literature.


In addition to the sinister mask on the cover of Mormonism Unmasked and the lurid title setting the tone, the back cover declares that this volume will "lift the veil from one of the greatest deceptions in the history of religion." Roberts claims to have demonstrated that "Mormonism is a fabricated and artificial form of Christianity. It is a new religion produced by the false prophet Joseph Smith." Other similar highly adversarial packaging sets the stage for the actual contents of this book. Readers of Mormonism Unmasked are promised, with much florid rhetoric, that within the pages of this book they will learn how to "expose and put an end to their false teachings" (back cover). However, the book does not spell out exactly how Baptists who are inflamed by what they find in Mormonism Unmasked are "to put an end" to LDS teachings.

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