Item description for A Different Jesus?: The Christ Of The Latter-day Saints by Robert L. Millet...
Overview Through drawing upon both traditional Christian and Latter-day Saint documents, Millet seeks to address a very current and pressing issue: Are Latter-day Mormons Christian, or do they, as some contend, worship a different Jesus?
Publishers Description Foreword and afterword by Richard J. Mouw Are Latter-day Saints Christian, or do they worship a different Jesus? In this engaging book based on the foundational Mormon documents, Robert Millet clearly explains why Latter-day Saints claim to be Christians and compares their understanding of Jesus with the views of traditional Christian believers. A leading Mormon scholar who has spent much of his career in conversation with traditional Christians and their writings, Millet discusses what constitutes Christianity and examines how the Latter-day Saints fit or do not fit within that rubric. Intended to inform rather than to convince or persuade, A Different Jesus? clears away misconceptions and doctrinal distortions that characterize more polemical works about Mormonism. Millet points out the many beliefs that Latter-day Saints hold in common with traditional Christians, yet he also emphasizes differences where they exist. A Different Jesus? initiates and will foster a significant dialogue between Latter-day Saints and traditional Christians. Of special value are a lengthy chapter that answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Mormonism, a glossary showing how key theological terms are defined by Latter-day Saints, and evangelical scholar Richard Mouw's foreword and afterword, which help set an agenda for future discussions between these rich religious traditions.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Different Jesus?: The Christ Of The Latter-day Saints by Robert L. Millet has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 03/14/2005 page 65
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802828760 ISBN13 9780802828767
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More About Robert L. Millet
Dr. Robert L.Millet has been on the Religion faculty at Brigham Young University since 1983 and is now a Professor of Religious Education, Outreach, and Interfaith Relations. He was Dean of Religious Education for ten years. He has published more than 50 books including Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints and Grace Works.
Robert L. Millet has an academic affiliation as follows - Brigham Young University, USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Different Jesus?: The Christ Of The Latter-day Saints?
Why are you carrying this book? Aug 16, 2009
Why would a Christian bookstore carry a book by a non-christian who's trying to gloss over the differences between LDS and Christians, and deceive people into thinking Mormons are Christians?
Book should have been titled Jesus Smith Jun 24, 2007
The mormon belief is strong, there is no doubt. Unfortunately, their belief is misguided in Jesus Smith, Joseph's alter ego.
It works. Nov 28, 2006
To be upfront, I haven't read this book; I have lived it. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have had Robert L. Millet as a gospel doctrine teacher for three different religion classes at Brigham Young University. His insights to the scriptures of the New Testament are deep and make sense. He stated on the first day of class that his goal in it was to bring us closer to Christ. For me, he accomplished that goal. I have witnessed Robert L. Millet's deep love for the Savior in his words and dedication in the selfless service He gives to others. I am a Physics Teaching student. I like to understand the whys and hows of Jesus Christ: who He was, who He is, and how I can have a personal relationship with the living Jesus Christ. Through the Church and its teachings, priesthood power, blessings, and my efforts to pray, repent, forgive, trust, love, and work towards becoming more like the Christ of whom Joseph Smith and the Prophets taught, I have felt the Lord's cleansing power on multiple occasions. I have felt purity, joy, happiness, and undescrible love fill my soul. I have gained guidence and direction in my life from the Lord Himself. One can argue all they want about who Jesus really is, but if one doesn't come to know Him personally, one will never know. I am a living testament that living the gospel as taught by the Jesus of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints works.
Only For A Select Audience Jun 5, 2006
If a person's spiritual quest leads them to examine Mormonism, they will need to resolve a key issue very quickly. That issue is: do divinely inspired texts on which to base Christian beliefs exist outside the Bible. If the answer is yes, then a further exploration of Mormonism is possible. If the answer is no, then Mormonism is a dead end for one's spiritual growth.
That same issue has to be faced when reading A Different Jesus. While Millet uses many citations from several Christian writers (C.S. Lewis, John F. MacArthur, and Luke Timothy Johnson, among others) and the Bible to bolster his points, the crucial source for most of his arguments are quotes from both Mormonism's sacred texts and subsequent writings by Mormon Prophets and theologians. If an individual trying to learn about Mormonism doesn't accept the authority of these sources, then Millet's arguments will make no sense. To be fair, Millet and Mouw state throughout the book that their goal is to provide a basis for understanding, not conversion. Still, without accepting the central premise that Mormonism's sacred texts are divinely inspired, one will end up understanding how Millet gets to his beliefs without comprehending how he could think such beliefs are true.
A Different Jesus probably would make excellent reading for anyone practicing the Mormon faith, because it does highlight the differences between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity. Additionally, anyone who is trying to find their spiritual direction will likely find value in parts of the book (particularly, the chapter titled "Recurring Questions"). But, for those who have defined their spirituality within the context of mainstream Christianity, A Different Jesus will not do much to either change their mind about Mormonism's beliefs or improve their comprehension about those beliefs.
A deceptive book Apr 5, 2006
This book does present mostly what Mormons believe. However, it does not clearly present or emphasize the distinctive and gross differences between our real God and Creator, and Jesus Christ as revealed by the Bible and the distorted Mormon view. It is the Bible, not the BOM, D&C, or POGP that truthfully and accurately reveals to us who is God our Creator. This book is clearly misleading and having Mouw write the forward shows its true intend, which is to compromise God's truth to appease the Mormon the deception. False doctrine is a lie and presenting it is such an appealing light only adds to the deception.
Truth Matters Sep 13, 2005
Reviewer Tad Griffin (above) presents an interesting dialogue between himself and a generic Evangelical, concluding that since they both believe in a literal, physical return of Christ to earth, they therefore should embrace each other as Christian brothers. "We understand the same Jesus differently" is the way he concludes it. The interesting thing is that a devout Muslim who's well educated in Christianity might make exactly the same argument (I should know, I'm a missionary in a Muslim country, and I've heard it before). It's not sufficient to point out a single area of agreement and conclude that all other differences are therefore irrelevant.
The fact is, yes, there are elements at which Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, and Evangelicals agree to greater or lesser extents (we all believe in angels, judgment day, heaven & hell, etc.). But it is where we disagree that defines the boundaries of our beliefs and affects the way we interrelate.
As a hospital chaplain years ago I met a Mormon who was visiting with a patient of mine. She claimed that we believed exactly the same thing - a lie I quickly, and graciously, refuted. The problem with her, and Tad, and Millet is that they focus our attention on the areas where we agree and gloss over the topics where we don't. "As man now is, god once was; as god now is, man may yet become." (B. Young) is NOT Christianity. The Mormon god's begetting Christ by assuming a male body and having sex with the Virgin Mary is NOT Christianity. Posthumous conversion into the Mormon religion is NOT Christianity. These are not trivial disagreements, and to write a book as Millet has done is a PR job, nothing more.