Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the American Renaissance: An Update

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
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2/26/2016
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
12 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
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apologetics, author, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, lds, mormon, Mormonism

This is a follow-up to my article, “Joseph Smith and the American Renaissance,” published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought in 2002. My purpose in writing that article was to consider Joseph Smith in relation to his more illustrious contemporary American authors — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman. In that article I tried to demonstrate that in comparison with these writers, Joseph Smith did not possess the literary imagination, talent, authorial maturity, education, cultural milieu, knowledge base, or sophistication necessary to produce the Book of Mormon; nor, I argued, had he possessed all of these characteristics, nor was the time in which the book was produced sufficient to compose such a lengthy, complex, and elaborate narrative.

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