Mormonism and the Bible/Born again translation/Further Reading

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Further reading

Further reading

FairMormon Answers articles

Mormonism and the Holy Bible

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The Holy Bible literally contains within its pages the converting, healing Spirit of Christ, which has turned men’s hearts for centuries, leading them to pray, to choose right paths, and to search to find their Savior....The Holy Bible is well named. It is holy because it teaches truth, holy because it warms us with its spirit, holy because it teaches us to know God and understand His dealings with men, and holy because it testifies throughout its pages of the Lord Jesus Christ.

—"Bible: The Word of God," Gospel Topics on LDS.org.
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Mormons revere the Holy Bible

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Mormonism and the Bible: An Overview

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How Mormons view the reliability of the Holy Bible

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Biblical accuracy

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Biblical completeness

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How Mormons interpret the Holy Bible

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Biblical scripture interpretation

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Mormonism and the Bible: Old Testament practices

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The "Joseph Smith Translation" of the Bible

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Mormonism, science and the Bible

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Biblical archaeology compared to the Book of Mormon

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Mormonism and the reconciliation of the Flood of Noah with scripture and Church teachings

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The Mormon view of the creation of the earth

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Doctrine & Covenants 77:6 refers to "this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance"

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Mormon perspectives on the concept of death on the entire earth before the Fall of Adam

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Belief in a literal Adam and Eve

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Fall of Adam and Eve

Summary: If it was God's plan for Eve to eat the fruit, then why did God forbid it? Why did God not simply create Adam and Eve as mortals?

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Mormonism and the reconciliation of the Flood of Noah with scripture and Church teachings

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The Mormon view of "Creatio ex nihilo"

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Mormonism and the theory of evolution

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The Mormon view of the creation of the earth

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Doctrine & Covenants 77:6 refers to "this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance"

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Mormon perspectives on the concept of death on the entire earth before the Fall of Adam

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Belief in a literal Adam and Eve

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Fall of Adam and Eve

Summary: If it was God's plan for Eve to eat the fruit, then why did God forbid it? Why did God not simply create Adam and Eve as mortals?

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Mormonism and the reconciliation of the Flood of Noah with scripture and Church teachings

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The Mormon view of "Creatio ex nihilo"

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Mormonism and the theory of evolution

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The great Apostasy

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Evidence of a total apostasy

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Biblical evidence of an apostasy after Christ

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Evidence of an apostasy after Christ from early Christian history other than the Bible

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Visible evidence of the apostasy

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Extent of the apostasy

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Complete apostasy after Christ

Summary: Do other Christian denominations believe that no other church on earth is complete, or is this an arrogant belief assumed only by the "Mormons"?

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Apostasy and the "gates of hell"

Summary: Is Jesus' teaching about "the gates of hell" prevailing against "the rock" inconsistent with a belief in a universal apostasy?

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Priesthood on the earth during the apostasy

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Reasons why the apostasy occurred

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God permitted the apostasy to occur

Summary: If there were some people who would have accepted the Gospel as taught in Mormonism, why did God allow the earthly Church to pass from the earth?

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Relationship of Mormonism to other branches of Christianity

Summary: What does the apostasy doctrine mean with respect to the relationship of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to other branches of Christianity?

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FairMormon web site

FAIR Holy Bible materials
  • John A. Tvedtnes, "The Bible Code and Biblical Inerrancy," (Mesa, Arizona: FAIR) FairMormon link
Apostasy FairMormon articles on-line
  • Roger Keller, "The Apostasy," FAIR 2004 conference. FairMormon link
    Dr. Keller is a former Presbyterian minister.

External links

  • Ezra Taft Benson, "Born of God," Ensign (July 1989), 2. off-site
  • Theodore M. Burton, "To Be Born Again," Ensign (September 1985), 66. off-site
  • C. Richard Chidester, "I Have A Question: How can we be ‘born again,’ or as King Benjamin phrased it, how can we be ‘spiritually begotten’ of Christ? (Mosiah 5:7)," Ensign (April 1996), 52–53. off-site
  • James E. Faust, "A Second Birth," Ensign (June 1998), 2. off-site
  • David W. Hellem, "Putting Off the Natural Man: How to Be ‘Spiritually Born of God," Ensign (June 1992), 10–13. off-site
On-line Holy Bible materials
  • Alma Allred, "Coin of the Realm: Beware of Specious Specie (Review of: "Scripture," In The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism)," FARMS Review of Books 12/1 (2000): 137–174. off-site
  • Danel W. Bachman, "The Other Side of the Coin: A Source Review of Norman Geisler's Chapter (Review of: "Scripture," In The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism)," FARMS Review of Books 12/1 (2000): 175–214. off-site
  • John Gee, "The Old Testament as Reliable History, Review of On the Reliability of the Old Testament by Kenneth A. Kitchen," FARMS Review 18/1 (2006): 425–430. off-site wiki
  • William J. Hamblin and Daniel C. Peterson, "The Evangelical Is Our Brother (Review of How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation)," FARMS Review of Books 11/2 (1999): 178–209. off-site
  • Blake T. Ostler, "Bridging the Gulf (Review of How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation)," FARMS Review of Books 11/2 (1999): 103–177. off-site
  • Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks, "Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity, (Provo, Utah: FARMS, no date). off-site
  • Stephen E. Robinson, Are Mormons Christians? (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1993). off-site FairMormon link off-site
  • John A. Tvedtnes and Matthew Roper, "'A Bible! A Bible!' The Canon and Ongoing Revelation (Review of Luke P. Wilson's "Lost Books & Latter-Day Revelation: A Response to Mormon Views of the New Testament Canon") off-site
Apostasy on-line articles
  • Richard L. Anderson, "Clement, Ignatius, and Polycarp: Three Bishops between the Apostles and Apostasy," Ensign (August 1976), 51. off-site
  • Hoyt W. Brewster Jr., "I Have A Question: What Was There in the Creeds of Men that the Lord Found Abominable, as He Stated in the First Vision?”," Ensign (July 1987), 65–67. off-site
  • Kent P. Jackson, "Early Signs of the Apostasy," Ensign (December 1984), 8. off-site
  • Roger D. Cook, "How Deep the Platonism? A Review of Owen and Mosser's Appendix: Hellenism, Greek Philosophy, and the Creedal "Straightjacket" of Christian Orthodoxy," FARMS Review of Books 11/2 (1999): 265–299. off-site
  • William J. Hamblin and Daniel C. Peterson, "The Evangelical Is Our Brother (Review of How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation)," FARMS Review of Books 11/2 (1999): 178–209. off-site
  • Hyde M. Merrill, "The Great Apostasy as Seen by Eusebius," Ensign (November 1972), 34. off-site
  • Hugh W. Nibley, "Evangelium Quadraginta Dierum," Vigiliae Christianae 20 (1966):1-24; reprinted in "Evangelium Quadraginta Dierum: The Forty-day Mission of Christ-The Forgotten Heritage," in Mormonism and Early Christianity (Vol. 4 of Collected Works of Hugh Nibley), edited by Todd Compton and Stephen D. Ricks, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Deseret Book Company ; Provo, Utah : Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1987),10–44. direct off-site
  • Dallin H. Oaks, "Apostasy and Restoration," Ensign (May 1995), 84. off-site
  • David Stewart, Jr., "The Christian Apostasy," cumorah.com off-site

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Printed material

Holy Bible print materials
  • Alan Denison & D.L. Barksdale, Guess Who Wants To Have You For Lunch?, 2nd edition, (Redding, California: FAIR, 2002[1999]), 37–57. ISBN 1893036057. FairMormon link
  • Emanuel Tov, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, 2nd Rev edition (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2001[1999]), 1. ISBN {{{isbn}}}.
  • Leon Vaganay and Christian-Bernard Amphoux, An Introduction to New Testament Criticism, 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), 1. ISBN {{{isbn}}}.
Apostasy printed materials
  • Matthew B. Brown, "Evidences of Apostasy," in All Things Restored, 2d ed. (American Fork, UT: Covenant, 2006),1–32. AISN B000R4LXSM. ISBN 1577347129.
  • Noel B. Reynolds (editor), Early Christians in Disarray: Contemporary LDS Perspectives on the Christian Apostasy (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2005), 1. ISBN 0934893020. off-site  (Key source)