a brief theological introduction


“O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!”

From the moment Sariah and Lehi’s family arrived in the promised land, their prophets warned that the people would face destruction if they failed to trust in Christ. Centuries later, Mormon witnesses the fulfillment of this dark prophecy. He witnesses his own people hewn down in open rebellion against God. Crying out from the depths of his heart, the prophet reflects on what went wrong and how it might have been avoided. Through it all, hope in Christ abides.

In this brief theological introduction, philosopher and theologian Adam S. Miller presents Mormon’s book as a beginner’s guide to the end of the world. Mormon’s life is a case study in apocalyptic discipleship. What does a disciple’s task of sacrificing all things look like in a world where all things are already passing away?

Miller introduces a Mormon for our own troubled times—a sober and observant prophet who models hope in Christ even as everything in the world he loves collapses around him.

"Adam Miller weaves together a message of hope while simultaneously showing reverence and respect for the loss that comes with the destruction of the Nephite people."

About the Author

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He earned a BA in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University. He is the author of nine books, including Speculative Grace, The Gospel according to David Foster Wallace, Letters to a Young Mormon, and An Early Resurrection. He also directs the Latter-day Saint Theology Seminar.

Table of Contents

  • Series Introduction
  • Introduction
  • A Note on the Practice of Theology
  • A Structural Synopsis
  • A Narrative Synopsis
  • Witness
  • Creation
  • Treasures
  • Without Hope
  • Imperfections
  • Revenge
  • Getting Gain
  • Judgment
  • Lamb of God
  • Conclusion
  • Afterword
  • Further Reading
  • Endnotes
  • Index
  • Colophon
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Month: December
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-0032-6
  • Page Count: 145
  • Binding: Paperback, eBook
  • Price: $ 9.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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