It’s alright to be friends with people that disagree with you. Now that there is less opposition to the restored gospel, Mormons can say that the Lord has cleared the way for his church to move forward. Analyzes pro-Mormon and anti-Mormon approaches. Traces the history of anti-Mormon caricature. The most notable anti-Mormon work of this period, Mormonism Unvailed (sic), was published by Eber D. Howe in 1834. In 1841, it was revealed that an Anti-Mormon Almanac would be published. I have been grateful for much of it because it has caused me to reflect on issues that I did not previously consider. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Networks of anti-Mormon organizations operate in the United States. History. 4-8, 10-12, examines anti-Mormon arguments. For example, Juanita Brook's book on the Mountain Meadows Massacre , once called anti-Mormon literature, is now carried and recommended by Deseret Book employees for … Serialized articles examining how fifty anti-Mormon works treat the Joseph Smith story. In 1945 Fawn Brodie published No Man Knows My History, a psychobiographical account of Joseph Smith. Treats the film The Godmakers. This theory served as an alternative to Joseph Smith’s account until the Spaulding Manuscript was discovered in 1884 and was found to be unrelated to the Book of Mormon. Mormonism Unvailed attempted to discredit Joseph Smith and his family by assembling these affidavits and nine letters written by Ezra Booth, also an apostate from the Church. Harry M. Beardsley, in Joseph Smith and His Mormon Empire (1931), advanced the theory that Joseph Smith’s visions, revelations, and the Book of Mormon were by-products of his subconscious mind. A printer employed by E. B. Grandin, publisher of the Wayne Sentinel and printer of the first edition of the Book of Mormon, Tucker claimed to have been associated closely with Joseph Smith. Kimball, Edward L. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. Larson, Jennifer. Jim is an incredibly witty, entertaining, and talented writer. How Much Should Pastors and Church Employees Get Paid? Despite a generally favorable press toward the Church during many of these years, of all anti-Mormon books, novels, pamphlets, tracts, and flyers published in English before 1990, more than half were published between 1960 and 1990 and a third of them between 1970 and 1990. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our, a book coming out in January from Prometheus, a memoir coming in November from HarperCollins, Cult Shock: The Book Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons Don’t Want You to Read, Mormonism was adding to its membership at rates between three and nearly nine (!) The 1987 Directory of Cult Research Organizations contains more than a hundred anti-Mormon listings. When the Spaulding theory of Book of Mormon origins was discredited, anti-Mormon proponents turned to psychology to explain Joseph Smith’s visions and revelations. There was a time not that long ago, like during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, when you couldn’t throw a stone without hitting a brand new anti-Mormon exposé. “Mormon Origins in New York: An Introductory Analysis.” BYU Studies 9 (1969):241-74. The Hurlbut-Howe collection and Campbell’s Delusions were the major sources for nearly all other nineteenth- and some twentieth-century anti-Mormon writings, notably the works of Henry Caswall, John C. Bennett, Pomeroy Tucker, Thomas Gregg, William Linn, and George Arbaugh. That is why it i… Mormon533. More on the Mormon Temple Rituals as seen on these videos. Most “anti-Mormon literature” as we like to call it, is in my opinion ridiculous and pulled from obscure quotes by various prophets and not at all what we teach today. (1964, revised 1972, 1987), contains the essence of their claims against the Church. Larson, Jennifer. “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).” BYU Studies 46:3 (2007):101-156. What Shocks Mormons and non-Mormons as they learn about Mormonism. (churchofjesuschrist.org) However, he acknowledged that his insinuations were not “sustained by judicial investigation.”, Of fifty-six anti-Mormon novels published during the nineteenth century, four established a pattern for all of the others. Authors wrote lurid passages designed to sell the publications. Tag: anti-Mormon literature. To get an inside track you have simply to latch on to one of these, and they are not hard to find. The above link discusses the major periods of Church history and the major critics within each period. Things I can remember were: The different "First Vision" stories The "One Unchangeable God" The early translation of the Book of Mormon compared to todays There were also many other things too. Howe advanced the theory that Sidney Rigdon obtained a manuscript written by Solomon Spaulding, rewrote it into the Book of Mormon, and then convinced Joseph Smith to tell the public that he had translated the book from plates received from an angel. The other day we were having a discussion at dinner about the atonement I criticised part of what I thought was a erroneous interpretation of scripture. Whew! Discusses the early anti-Mormonism writings of Campbell, Howe, and Hurlbut. Though sometimes well intended, anti-Mormon publications have often taken the form of invective, falsehood, Early Anti Mormon Literature, Volume I (Fully Illustrated) - Kindle edition by Hancock, G. B., Howe, E. D., Burgess, J. M. . A search for anti-Mormon literature at Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest evangelical publisher (now part of Harper), revealed no hits. All too often Saints use the label ‘anti-Mormon’ as a tactic to forestall serious discussion” (p. 376). Walter F. Prince and Theodore Schroeder offered explanations for Book of Mormon names by way of imaginative but remote psychological associations. My husband’s friend asked him if he ever said anything negative about his greek orthodox beliefs. Vardis Fisher, a popular novelist with Mormon roots in Idaho, published Children of God: An American Epic (1939). Modern Mormons who equate questions and disagreement with persecution need to do some serious rethinking. Third, she began with a predetermined conclusion that shaped her work: “I was convinced,” she wrote, “before I ever began writing that Joseph Smith was not a true prophet,” and felt compelled to supply an alternative explanation for his works (quoted in Newell G. Bringhurst, “Applause, Attack, and Ambivalence-Varied Responses to Fawn M. Brodie’s No Man Knows My History,” Utah Historical Quarterly 57 [Winter 1989]:47-48). Is Faith a Delusion? Even Vardis Fisher criticized her book, writing that it was “almost more a novel than a biography because she rarely hesitates to give the content of a mind or to explain motives which at best can only be surmised” (p. 57). Fanny Stenhouse’s Tell It All (1874) and Ann Eliza Young’s Wife No. The book influenced future anti-Mormon literature. Salt Lake City, 1961. They commenced writing in 1959 and now offer more than 200 publications. Of course, there is a bright side to the disappearance of anti-Mormon literature. Here’s why that’s great news. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading An American Fraud. In fact, there’s basic radio silence on Mormonism from the major evangelical presses, excepting the LeBaron memoir I mentioned above (Tyndale). This last reason is, I think, the most critical. Rachel Jeffs, daughter of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, has. So, the LDS Church doesn’t sponsor seminars to refute these critics. Alfreda Eva Bell’s Boadicea, the Mormon Wife (1855) depicted Church members as “murderers, forgers, swindlers, gamblers, thieves, and adulterers!”. Underwood, Grant. From Decker. Anti-Mormon literature is of the devil. William Hickman sold his story to John H. Beadle, who exaggerated the danite myth in Brigham’s Destroying Angel (1872) to caricature Mormons as a violent people. Time Vindicates the Prophet (Joseph Smith), Joseph Smith’s ‘New Translation’ of the Bible, His Use of Adam Clarke’s Bible Commentary, and the Question of Plagiarism. Their main approach is to demonstrate discrepancies, many of which Latter-day Saints consider contrived or trivial, between current and past Church teachings. A Full Exposure of its Secret Practices and Hidden Crimes, by Alfred Trumble It includes illustrations, photographs, and a comprehensive interactive table of contents. Metta Victoria Fuller Victor’s Mormon Wives (1856) characterized Mormons as a “horrid” and deluded people. Anti-Mormon writers were most prolific during the post-Brodie era. Jeremy Runnells spread his aggregation of criticisms in his “CES Letter”. Bunker, Gary L., and Davis Bitton. The critics in the last 20 years have gotten their notoriety not through new material or scholarship, but through online podcasts or PDF sharing of all material they inherited from the past. This statement I found highly offensive, as it assumed that because I disagreed with the… Nibley, Hugh W. “Censoring the Joseph Smith Story,” IE 64 (July, Aug., Oct., Nov. 1961). Here’s what’s coming in 2017: But those exit memoirs aren’t being released by evangelical houses as in days of yore. As I once read from an anti-Mormon book there was one who counseled his followers to seek out new members who have not yet studied the gospel for themselves. Most of these writers drew routinely from the same body of anti-Mormon lore (see H. Nibley, “How to Write an Anti-Mormon Book,” Brigham Young University Extension Publications, Feb. 17, 1962, p. 30). It’s the equivalent of taking some quote from one of the Christian crusaders and using it against all Christians. I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which you responded to the anti-Mormon literature in question. Jim Bennett, son of late US Senator from Utah, wrote a reply to the CES Letter in 2016. The final thoughts come from the June 2013 Ensign with an article by Elder Steven E. Snow, who wrote about the intersection of Church history and testimony (emphasis added): He supported the Hurlbut-Howe charge that the Smiths were dishonest and alleged that they stole from their neighbors. Professing love for the Saints, Decker has waged an attack on their beliefs. Examines the early newspaper articles and anti-Mormon explanations for the origin of the Book of Mormon. He “collected” affidavits from seventy-two contemporaries who professed to know Joseph Smith and were willing to speak against him. none has anything recent. Nibley, Hugh W. The Prophetic Book of Mormon, CWHN 8 chaps. A regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the Arizona Regional Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews are among those who have condemned the film. Nibley, Hugh W. The Mythmakers. Fourth, by using a psychobiographical approach, she imputed thoughts and motives to Joseph Smith. At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism, ‘Lo, a virgin shall conceive’ … or not, depending on the translation, © Copyright 2020, Religion News Service. After listening to the podcast, I thought how some of the stuff that gets lumped together as “anti-Mormon literature” can be broken up into four general categories: (1) scholarly work and original documents that bring up difficult topics in Church history (2) material meant to defame the Church or convince Church members to leave One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism - Kindle edition by Burningham, Kay. https://thirdhour.org/blog/faith/big-list-anti-mormon-literature “Old Wine in New Bottles: The Story behind Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism.”. Second, her sources were mainly biased anti-Mormon documents collected primarily in the New York Public Library, Yale Library, and Chicago Historical Library. I’ve even become friends with the people that bring it up for discussion. Oh, the lurid accounts of hearts corrupted, families wrecked, and brains washed by the false religion of the Latter-day Saints! Yay! Howe collaborated with apostate Philastus Hurlbut, twice excommunicated from the Church for immorality. percent a year, a fanciful “biography” of Mary Baker Eddy by none other than Mark Twain. Posted on November 16, 2018 December 6, 2018. Here are four possible explanations. John Dehlin runs a podcast in Cache Valley. Mormon558. No definitive history of anti-Mormon activities has been written. A representative anti-Mormon title from the glory days of the 1990s, when Mormons still scared the bejesus out of evangelicals. Pacific Publishing House in California lists more than a hundred anti-Mormon publications. "The anti-Mormon document we are discussing lists 36 parallels between Ethan Smith’s book and the Book of Mormon. Latter-day Saints see his film and book, both entitled The Godmakers, as a gross misrepresentation of their beliefs, especially the temple ordinances. Each period not religious, Sapiens: a Brief History of anti mormon literature by... 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