Offenders for a Word

How Anti-Mormons Play Word Games to Attack the Latter-Day Saints

This book reveals the tactics many anti-Mormons employ in attacking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In clear, straightforward terms, the authors explain the true beliefs of the church and how to see through the word games that critics use to attack it.

Offenders for a Word answers critics’ objections to Latter-day Saint beliefs regarding the Godhead, polygamy, salvation by grace and works, eternal progression, the premortal existence, the role of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the nature of the Holy Ghost, and much more.


About the Author

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Is Mormonism Christian? An Investigation of Definitions, part 1
  • Is Mormonism Christian? An Investigation of Definitions, part 2
  • Is Mormonism Christian? An Investigation of Definitions, part 3
  • Mormonism as "Cult": The Limits of Lexical Polemics
  • Bibliography
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Publication Information

  • Publication Year: 1988
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893350
  • Page Count: 272
  • Price: $ 12.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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