--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 society's hopes, fears, aspirations--even obsessions--in ways that can make the LDS faith especially attractive to many people in today's 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.
Intro.: 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 won't be enough people on the Earth to accommodate these projections."
-- "There won't 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
-- Mainland China
-- The lands of Islam
8. 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;
... have less economic inequality;
... give more widespread service to the poor and needy;
... be better prepared to deal with disasters and crises;
... have less demand for potentially addictive materials;
... lay the foundation for a new Renaissance in arts and letters;
... have many more people who know and believe the essential doctrines of Christianity, follow Christian practices, and have spiritual experiences.
Afterword: The Meaning of Mormon Growth.
Appendix A: Sources of Statistical Data & Methods of Projections.
Appendix B: The Slowing of Mormon Growth Post-1990: A Statistical Analysis.
Appendix C: Why Do People Convert to Mormonism?
Appendix D: Tracking Charts: Projected vs. Actual Mormon Growth, 2012-2040.