This Is My Doctrine: The Development of Mormon Theology Hardcover – 17 Jun 2011
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It is amazingly researched. There is just a ton of info here. The author takes a concept or doctrine and shows how that doctrine changed form the early church until now. He typically organizes a chapter based around a specific doctrine and then shows how it has changed from the Book of Mormon, Bible, and Joseph Smith's day.
The first 30 pages destroyed a bunch of misconceptions I had held for a long time. There's some great stuff in here. Be warned, though, if you are not an open-minded kind of Mormon, you will probably be uncomfortable with this book.
Alas, I cannot fully recommend it because it has a little too much research. It gets so bogged down at times with nuances that I found myself asking what the ultimate point was. Some parts were a grind to get through. Again, the work and research is is fantastic, but it gets lost in itself. Really, the book needs to be cut in half- it needs to be more focused.
Keep in mind, I only read the first part (missing parts 2&3). Perhaps he brings it all to a brilliant conclusion later in the rest of the book. I don't know. But well worth the read just to find out all the stuff you thought you knew that you don't really know.
I will call it a 5-star reference book, but maintain a 4-star rating as a read-cover-to-cover book due to its over-detailed nature. I found out that the author is a BYU professor and the fact that he wrote a book like this takes a whole lot of courage.
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