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By Mark Koltko-Rivera

ISBN-10: 061571031X

ISBN-13: 9780615710310

The Latter-day Saints (LDS/'Mormons') turns into an international faith with thousands of hundreds of thousands, or maybe billions, of followers--within a century. during this publication, written for most of the people, award-winning social scientist Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., explains:

--how the Mormons grew from a tiny workforce in 1830s long island to being the fourth-largest church in the United States as of 2012;
--why Mormon progress slowed after 1990--and why it's going to quickly explode, either within the usa and during the world;
--why Mormon ideals resonate with society's hopes, fears, aspirations--even obsessions--in ways in which could make the LDS religion in particular appealing to many of us in cutting-edge world;
--how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints becomes the second-largest--or even the largest--church within the usa through 2120;
--how this church might turn into the second-largest spiritual physique within the whole global, with over billion participants, through 2120.

Dr. Koltko-Rivera describes what a 'more Mormon' global may appear like, and the way this religion may possibly gasoline an international Renaissance of cultural creativity. He additionally explains the consequences of Mormon progress for the good majority of people that stroll different paths.

Incl. references, "hot" links.
5 illustrations, 29 figures, 22 tables, 2 charts.


Intro.: Who the Mormons Are.
1. Mormon development & Why It occurred, 1830-2011:
--Why the dramatic upward push in LDS converts after 1973?
--Why the slowing of development after 1990?
2. The Matrix of destiny Mormon progress: The Mormon international in 2012.
3. destiny Mormon progress around the globe via 2120.
4. destiny Mormon development within the U.S. via 2120.
5. Objections & Responses:
-- "How legitimate can projections be, to date into the future?"
-- "All kinds of issues may perhaps disenchanted your projections!"
-- "The pitfalls of straight-line projections" and the results of equipped competition to Mormonism.
-- "How may well the LDS develop so huge so quickly?"
-- Modernization & Secularization.
-- "An American church just like the LDS can be much less attractive in a post-American world."
-- "The Mormons will run out of cash first."
-- "The Pentecostals will outgrow the Mormons."
-- "There will not be adequate humans on this planet to deal with those projections."
-- "There will not be sufficient humans in America."
-- "So many Mormons--in Protestant America?"
-- "But extra Mormons than Catholics?
-- "The Mormons are falling away in droves."
-- "But the LDS scriptures say the longer term Church may be 'few' and its dominions 'small'!"
6. Why Religions develop: A Model.
7. external Forces "Pulling" for Mormon Growth:
-- crucial & South the United States and sub-Saharan Africa
-- The United States
-- Europe
-- Mainland China
-- India
-- The lands of Islam
8. inside Forces "Pushing" for Mormon Growth:
-- the facility of technological know-how and technology.
-- The fight to outlive the tip of civilization.
-- The ambition to rework past the human.
-- the invention of extraterrestrial (intelligent) life.
9. wisdom Forces and Mormon Growth.
10. the capability impression of excessive Mormon development: A 'More Mormon' World:

A 'more Mormon' global might ...
... be extra bodily and mentally healthy;
... be greater educated;
... have extra good households and younger children;
... have higher multicultural expertise;
... be extra productive;
... have much less monetary inequality;
... provide extra frequent provider to the negative and needy;
... be greater ready to house failures and crises;
... have much less call for for in all probability addictive materials;
... lay the root for a brand new Renaissance in arts and letters;
... have many extra those who comprehend and think the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, stick with Christian practices, and feature non secular experiences.

Afterword: The which means of Mormon Growth.

Appendix A: assets of Statistical info & equipment of Projections.
Appendix B: The Slowing of Mormon progress Post-1990: A Statistical Analysis.
Appendix C: Why Do humans Convert to Mormonism?
Appendix D: monitoring Charts: Projected vs. real Mormon progress, 2012-2040.

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