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

This is an index of claims made in this work with links to corresponding responses within FairMormon Answers. An effort has been made to provide the author's original sources where possible.

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.

Chapter 2: The Marketing of an Image

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 2: The Marketing of an Image" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 3: The Making of Religion

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 3: The Making of Religion" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 4: Polytheism Reborn

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 4: Polytheism Reborn" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 5: Confronting the Mormon Jesus

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 5: Confronting the Mormon Jesus" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 6: This is Good News?

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 6: This Is Good News?" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 7: Revealing Revelations

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 7: Revealing Revelations" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 8: Jesus Is Coming Again

Summary: No claims are currently addressed in this chapter.

Chapter 9: By Whose Authority?

Summary: Responses to specific critical or unsupported claims made in "Chapter 9: By Whose Authority?" indexed by page number.

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Chapter 10: Meeting the Mormon Challenge

Summary: No claims are currently addressed in this chapter.


About this work

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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