The Religion That Started in a Hat: A Reference Manual for Christians Who Witness to Mormons – A Review


Title: A Must-Have Resource for Christians Engaging with Mormons




“The Religion That Started in a Hat: A Reference Manual for Christians Who Witness to Mormons” by Jack Kettler deserves high praise for being an invaluable resource for Christians engaging in meaningful dialogue with Mormons. This exceptional reference manual provides comprehensive information and guidance, ensuring greater understanding and effective communication between these two faith traditions.


First and foremost, Kettler's book is a treasure trove of information about the fundamentals of Mormonism. Each chapter delves into a specific aspect, providing a clear and concise overview of Mormon beliefs, practices, and history. This systematic theological approach helps readers develop a solid understanding of the religion, which is vital for engaging in meaningful conversations with Mormons.


One of the standout features of this manual is its careful organization, which allows readers to navigate through complex theological concepts easily. Kettler adopts a logical progression, systematically unpacking various aspects of the Mormon faith, thereby equipping Christians with the knowledge necessary to address these specific areas during their discussions. Kettler's extensive research is apparent throughout the book, ensuring accuracy and credibility.


Moreover, the clarity and organization of Kettler's writing are remarkable. The book is divided into logical sections, making it easy for readers to navigate and comprehend. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect or challenge faced when engaging with Mormons, such as their unique beliefs about God, Jesus, and salvation, to readers of all backgrounds. Kettler’s manual serves as a valuable resource not just for Christians specifically interested in witnessing to Mormons.


Kettler provides numerous examples of common questions and objections that Christians may encounter when engaging with Mormons, along with well-reasoned and biblically-based responses, which empower readers to engage in informed and respectful conversations that can potentially lead to fruitful dialogue and exchange of ideas.


Kettler presents a fair and respectful portrayal of the beliefs and practices of Mormons. Kettler's extensive research is evident throughout the book. He provides numerous references to Mormon scriptures, historical documents, and official church publications, allowing readers to delve deeper into the subject matter if they so desire. This level of detail enhances the book’s credibility and equips Christians with accurate information to engage in meaningful discussions with Mormons.


The book has a large and useful scriptural index with references from every book in the Bible. Towards the end of the book, Kettler leaves the reader with a logical unanswerable math problem that cuts right to the heart of Mormonism’s worldview. It has been said, “not to judge a book by its cover,” in the case of Kettler’s book, the cover art is remarkable and is an additional reason to get this book. 


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“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)


Mr. Kettler has previously published articles in the Chalcedon Report and Contra Mundum. He and his wife, Marea, attend the Westminster, CO, RPCNA Church. Mr. Kettler is the author of 15 books defending the Reformed Faith. Books can be ordered online at Amazon.


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