The Latter-day Saints (LDS/'Mormons') becomes a world faith with hundreds of thousands of hundreds of thousands, or perhaps billions, of followers--within a century. during this publication, written for most people, award-winning social scientist Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., explains:
--how the Mormons grew from a tiny crew in 1830s ny to being the fourth-largest church in the US as of 2012;
--why Mormon development 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 particularly appealing to many folks in trendy world;
--how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turns into the second-largest--or even the largest--church within the usa through 2120;
--how this church may perhaps turn into the second-largest spiritual physique within the complete international, with over billion participants, by means of 2120.
Dr. Koltko-Rivera describes what a 'more Mormon' global might appear like, and the way this religion may well gas an international Renaissance of cultural creativity. He additionally explains the results 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 progress & Why It occurred, 1830-2011:
--Why the dramatic upward thrust in LDS converts after 1973?
--Why the slowing of progress after 1990?
2. The Matrix of destiny Mormon progress: The Mormon global 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 forms of issues may perhaps disillusioned your projections!"
-- "The pitfalls of straight-line projections" and the results of geared up competition to Mormonism.
-- "How may the LDS develop so huge so quickly?"
-- Modernization & Secularization.
-- "An American church just like the LDS might be much less beautiful in a post-American world."
-- "The Mormons will run out of cash first."
-- "The Pentecostals will outgrow the Mormons."
-- "There will not be sufficient humans in the world 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 long run Church could be 'few' and its dominions 'small'!"
6. Why Religions develop: A Model.
7. external Forces "Pulling" for Mormon Growth:
-- critical & South the United States and sub-Saharan Africa
-- The United States
-- Mainland China
-- The lands of Islam
8. inside Forces "Pushing" for Mormon Growth:
-- the facility of technological know-how and technology.
-- The fight to outlive the top of civilization.
-- The ambition to remodel past the human.
-- the invention of extraterrestrial (intelligent) life.
9. wisdom Forces and Mormon Growth.
10. the aptitude effect of excessive Mormon progress: A 'More Mormon' World:
A 'more Mormon' global may ...
... be extra bodily and mentally healthy;
... be higher educated;
... have extra sturdy households and younger children;
... have larger multicultural expertise;
... be extra productive;
... have much less fiscal inequality;
... supply extra frequent provider to the negative and needy;
... be higher ready to accommodate mess ups and crises;
... have much less call for for in all probability addictive materials;
... lay the basis for a brand new Renaissance in arts and letters;
... have many extra those that understand and think the basic doctrines of Christianity, persist with Christian practices, and feature non secular experiences.
Afterword: The which means of Mormon Growth.
Appendix A: resources of Statistical facts & tools 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. genuine Mormon development, 2012-2040.