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Restoration: God's Call to the 21st Century World Kindle Edition
That was two hundred years ago. As the Restoration enters its third century, the world has new questions. A loving God has answers. In Restoration, scholar and author Patrick Mason reflects on what it means for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in the ongoing Restoration. Every generation must rediscover the gospel anew, and this book breathes new life into well-worn terms and phrases. What does it mean to restore Israel ? How can a church with less than one percent of the world s population be true ? What baggage have we picked up these past two centuries, and how do we move forward with confidence, relevance, and impact? The Restoration was intended to bless all of our Heavenly Parents children, especially the marginalized and vulnerable among us. This book will inspire and challenge you to rethink, recommit, and respond to God s call to the 21st-century world.
For anyone who cares about the Church s mission in the twenty-first century, Restoration is a necessary book. Patrick Mason builds on the early leaders radical view that our charge is to renovate all of human society. He points to a few accretions we need to slough off to ready ourselves and then lays out areas calling for our best efforts. This is a strong read, but written with such a light touch and good humor, that I could not put it down. --Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
This stirring, significant, spirited, and brightly written book summons Latter-day Saints to reenvision the Restoration as, indeed, every generation must do if it is to remain maximally relevant and appealing without surrendering its essential claims. Part of that reenvisioning, Patrick Mason argues, should be a commitment to the renovation of the world which powerfully reminds me of tikkun olam, the religious duty of repairing the world advocated by Jewish thinkers since antiquity. Restoration: God s Ongoing Love for the World should and surely will stimulate an important conversation. --Daniel C. Peterson President, The Interpreter Foundation --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Patrick Q. Mason is the author of several books for Latter-day Saint and academic audiences, including Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, and What Is Mormonism?: A Student's Introduction.
Mason is an associate professor of religious studies and history at Utah State University, where he holds the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture. A Utah native, Mason was trained in American history at Brigham Young University and the University of Notre Dame. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, has served on the boards of the Mormon History Association and Dialogue Foundation, and is an advisor and contributor to Faith Matters.
Mason currently lives with his wife Melissa and their four children in Logan, Utah.
- ASIN : B08PKKCVJ3
- Publisher : Faith Matters Publishing (December 2, 2020)
- Publication date : December 2, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 83 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #226,271 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On a personal level I am going to quote Mr. Mason as I teach Gospel Doctrine class AND the next time I get asked to speak in Sacrament meeting.
One of my favorite quotes is from page 33 "our people have no more of a monopoly on ongoing revelation than we do on truth or goodness." The quote attributed to C.S. Lewis on page 20 is also wonderful.
Discovering "the vast majority of references in scripts and Joseph Smith's teachings are to the restoration of the house of Israel in the last days." was also a confirmation of what I have been learning on my own. I trust Mr. Mason's take on this because of his credentials as an associate professor of religious studies and history and the rest of his professional biography.
Chapter 4 The True Church helped me begin to feel hopeful in coping with a worn out, cliched statement that has been bothering me for a long time.