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The Rise of the Mormons: Latter-day Saint Growth in the 21st Century Mark Koltko-Rivera

The Rise of the Mormons: Latter-day Saint Growth in the 21st Century

Mark Koltko-Rivera

Published October 9th 2012
Kindle Edition
412 pages
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The Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormons) will become a global religion with hundreds of millions, or even billions, of followers--within a century. In this book, written for the general public, award-winning social scientist Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., explains:--how the Mormons grew from a tiny group in 1830s New York to being the fourth-largest church in America as of 2012---why Mormon growth slowed after 1990--and why it will soon explode, both in the United States and throughout the world---why Mormon beliefs resonate with societys hopes, fears, aspirations--even obsessions--in ways that can make the LDS faith especially attractive to many people in todays world---how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become the second-largest--or even the largest--church in the United States by 2120---how this church could become the second-largest religious body in the entire world, with over two billion members, by 2120.Dr. Koltko-Rivera describes what a more Mormon world would look like, and how this faith could fuel a global Renaissance of cultural creativity. He also explains the implications of Mormon growth for the great majority of people who walk other paths.Incl. references, hot links.5 illustrations, 29 figures, 22 tables, 2 charts.ChaptersIntro.: Who the Mormons Are.1. Mormon Growth & Why It Happened, 1830-2011:--Why the dramatic rise in LDS converts after 1973?--Why the slowing of growth after 1990?2. The Matrix of Future Mormon Growth: The Mormon World in 2012.3. Future Mormon Growth Worldwide through 2120.4. Future Mormon Growth in the U.S. through 2120.5. Objections & Responses:-- How valid can projections be, so far into the future?-- All sorts of things could upset your projections!-- The pitfalls of straight-line projections and the effects of organized opposition to Mormonism.-- How could the LDS grow so large so quickly?-- Modernization & Secularization.-- An American church like the LDS will be less appealing in a post-American world.-- The Mormons will run out of money first.-- The Pentecostals will outgrow the Mormons.-- There wont be enough people on the Earth to accommodate these projections.-- There wont be enough people in America.-- So many Mormons--in Protestant America?-- But more Mormons than Catholics?-- The Mormons are falling away in droves.-- But the LDS scriptures say the future Church will be few and its dominions small!6. Why Religions Grow: A Model.7. Exterior Forces Pulling for Mormon Growth:-- Central & South America and sub-Saharan Africa-- The United States-- Europe-- Mainland China-- India-- The lands of Islam8. Interior Forces Pushing for Mormon Growth:-- The power of science and technology.-- The struggle to survive the end of civilization.-- The ambition to transform beyond the human.-- The discovery of extraterrestrial (intelligent) life.9. Knowledge Forces and Mormon Growth.10. The Potential Impact of High Mormon Growth: A More Mormon World:A more Mormon world would ...... be more physically and mentally healthy-... be better educated-... have more stable families and young children-... have greater multicultural expertise-... be more productive-...