Douglas J. Davies, Joseph Smith, Jesus and Satanic Opposition: Atonement, Evil and the Mormon Vision (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010).
Davies argues that Mormonism's force as a religion is intelligible through a relational trinity (Jesus, Satan and Joseph Smith) evoked in three paradigmatic scenes: the Grand Council, Gethsemane and the Sacred Grove. This intelligibility makes Mormonism Plan of Salvation both accessible and appealing. Davies' attempts to speak to and through a form of Mormonism which is now fading, or at least shifting, gives this text a liminal quality. He attributes some of the major shifts in LDS ecclesiology and theology to the reconfiguration of this trinity. And yet, despite being focussed upon Mormonism's past, his book sensitises members of the Church, and interested observers, to those changes currently occurring.