Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by DarkJedi » 15 May 2018, 06:07

I agree with Curt's suggestions about Givenses books. I feel like I have been pushing The Christ Who Heals too much, so I didn't mention it earlier. And while I love the book, I'm not sure the more orthodox will like it nearly as much even though it is one of the more orthodox of their books I have read. There is great core doctrine in there, but one has to lean more to the mercy and grace side to appreciate it. It is unlike McConkie's obedience/works point of view and it is not like a dictionary, it's more of a history book in many ways.
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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by Roy » 15 May 2018, 08:03

DarkJedi wrote:
14 May 2018, 14:50
As I thought about this, I realized there's really no way to do a book that purports to expound Mormon doctrine without conjecture, supposition, and speculation - I think it's just human nature.
What is meant by the word doctrine? Is it the modern basic teachings of the church? If that is what is meant by doctrine then the Gospel Principles manual seems like a good summary of basic beliefs. There is still "conjecture, supposition, and speculation" but at least it is of the sort that is widely taught and believed at church.
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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by Wonnerful » 16 May 2018, 14:46

All good advice. I am looking for something with a topic by topic sections like Mormon Doctrine, but is NOT like it in that it is not like the way McConkie thought about most things.

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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by Curt Sunshine » 16 May 2018, 16:38

Not sure a good source like that exists, especially since explaining Mormon doctrine is a bit like nailing Jello to a tree. A belief in on-going revelation makes solid doctrinal statements a bit tricky - but it helps us, because it means we don't have to accept current beliefs as eternal Truth creeds.
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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by Wonnerful » 19 May 2018, 18:25

good point

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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by BeLifey » 19 May 2018, 22:41

"I think the gospel itself is very simple. The church, on the other hand, can be very complicated and members of the church can make the gospel and doctrine appear much more complicated than it actually is."
Thank you for saying this. I have felt this way also for many years. I am a convert, and before I was baptized things seemed simple. After that, things got gradually more and more complicated, and that's when I started looking for clarity online, and came across alot of articles on the problems with LDS teachings. I have been inactive the past 2 years and dodging missionaries and home teachers since I realized when I asked my real questions, they never got answered. They would always end up answering questions I wasn't really asking and when they left I was unsatisfied with conversations and felt alienated and alone. This is my first posting on this site I've been reading it off and on for the last few months and I was greatly encouraged by several things that people say on this website so I just wanted to say thanks

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Re: Suggested alternatives to McConkie's Mormon Doctrine?

Post by SamBee » 20 May 2018, 08:08

The only things like that are the Bible Dictionary and the Encyclopedia of Mormonism neither of which are appropriate.
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