Underwood, Grant. Another common tactic is to attempt to show how statements by past Church leaders contradict those by current leaders on such points as Adam as God, blood Atonement, and plural marriage. They contend that Latter-day Saints worship a “different Jesus” and that their scriptures are contrary to the Bible. A representative anti-Mormon title from the glory days of the 1990s, when Mormons still scared the bejesus out of evangelicals. But what you have to realize is that no anti-Mormon literature is unbiased. He supported the Hurlbut-Howe charge that the Smiths were dishonest and alleged that they stole from their neighbors. From the Tanners. Here’s what’s coming in 2017: But those exit memoirs aren’t being released by evangelical houses as in days of yore. 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. none has anything recent. Anti-Mormon literature is of the devil. What Shocks Mormons and non-Mormons as they learn about Mormonism. Vardis Fisher, a popular novelist with Mormon roots in Idaho, published Children of God: An American Epic (1939). Professing love for the Saints, Decker has waged an attack on their beliefs. Anti-Mormon literature will be filled with scriptures or quotes that are taken out of context and twisted to serve the author’s purpose of filling people’s minds with doubt about the Church. Jim Bennett, son of late US Senator from Utah, wrote a reply to the CES Letter in 2016. Here are four possible explanations. Though anti-Mormon criticisms, misrepresentations, and falsehoods are offensive to Church members, the First Presidency has counseled members not to react to or debate those who sponsor them and has urged them to keep their responses “in the form of a positive explanation of the doctrines and practices of the Church” (Church News, Dec. 18, 1983, p. 2). polemic opposition to Mormonism or to the Latter-day Saints, such as maligning the founding prophet, his successors, or the doctrines or practices of the Church. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading An American Fraud. It’s alright to be friends with people that disagree with you. Mormonism slows to its lowest growth levels since 2016. All rights reserved. Mormon505. I am writing to you on behalf of the Latter-day Saints from around the world who share concerns related to vaccinations and … They operate and publish under the name of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, Inc. Their most notable work, Mormonism –Shadow or Reality? Dear President Monson, President Eyring, and President Uchtdorf, My name is Brett Wilcox. 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 (!) A relief: here’s an evangelical book that fits the older mold. 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. 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 … Kimball, Edward L. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. BYU Studies 32 (Fall 1992):171-177. (churchofjesuschrist.org) An American Fraud. Apart from collecting them for historical purposes and in response to divine direction, the Church has largely ignored these materials, for they strike most members as irresponsible misrepresentations.”. Origen Bacheler examined the Book of Mormon itself in Mormonism Exposed Internally and Externally, arguing that the book was inconsistent with the … 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. Kirkham, Francis W. A New Witness for Christ in America, 2 vols. (1964, revised 1972, 1987), contains the essence of their claims against the Church. Howe collaborated with apostate Philastus Hurlbut, twice excommunicated from the Church for immorality. 1946]:154). Fanny Stenhouse’s Tell It All (1874) and Ann Eliza Young’s Wife No. It is anti-Mormon literature at its worst. Review of Religious Seekers and the Advent of Mormonism, by Dan Vogel. History. March 1, 2015. 1 year ago. Of course, there is a bright side to the disappearance of anti-Mormon literature. Alfreda Eva Bell’s Boadicea, the Mormon Wife (1855) depicted Church members as “murderers, forgers, swindlers, gamblers, thieves, and adulterers!”. If on the other hand you want to be convinced at the end that its all false and you need to warn all mormons, read anti-mormon literature. 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. Independence, Mo., 1942, and Salt Lake City, 1952. I’ve even become friends with the people that bring it up for discussion. Scharff, Gilbert W. The Truth About the Godmakers. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Early Anti Mormon Literature, Volume I (Fully Illustrated). REVIVAL OF OLD THEORIES AND ALLEGATIONS (1946-1990). Larson, Jennifer. In 1945 Fawn Brodie published No Man Knows My History, a psychobiographical account of Joseph Smith. These documents allege that the Smiths were money diggers and irresponsible people. A sample of LDS sources on anti-Mormonism follows: Allen, James B., and Leonard J. Arrington. First, she ignored valuable manuscript material in the Church archives that was accessible to her. Jim is an incredibly witty, entertaining, and talented writer. (by La Roy Sunderland, John Bennett, and John A. Clark). Anderson, Richard Lloyd. 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. The main basis for this judgment is that the Mormon belief in the Christian Godhead is different from the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity. We are doing all of this because Boadicea, though wildly inaccurate, was extremely influential. Alas, it’s time to do a postmortem on the genre of anti-Mormon books, because the genre is just a pale shadow of its former self. *** The Encyclopedia of Mormonism article stops there, as it was published in the 90s. Orvilla S. Belisle’s Mormonism Unveiled (1855) had the heroine hopelessly trapped in a Mormon harem. 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. “Old Wine in New Bottles: The Story behind Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism.”. Latter-day Saints see his film and book, both entitled The Godmakers, as a gross misrepresentation of their beliefs, especially the temple ordinances. A current example of ridicule and distortion of Latter-day Saint beliefs comes from Edward Decker, an excommunicated Mormon and cofounder of Ex-Mormons for Jesus, now known as Saints Alive in Jesus. . MORMON STEREOTYPING AND THE CRUSADE AGAINST POLYGAMY (1847-1896). 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): The book influenced future anti-Mormon literature. I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which you responded to the anti-Mormon literature in question. Nibley, Hugh W. Sounding Brass. Some friends of mine have been reading anti-Mormon literature and want me to read it too. One way anti-Mormons (people are active, open, and unambiguous enemies/critics of the Church, not just who don’t accept its teachings) poison the well is to deny that they are anti-Mormon (anti-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), a kind of reverse well-poisoning that seeks to pee in the pool before the opposition. Mormon558. John Dehlin runs a podcast in Cache Valley. In 1841, it was revealed that an Anti-Mormon Almanac would be published. 19 (1876) sensationalized the polygamy theme. I’m sure even more will become apparent over time. Traces the history of anti-Mormon caricature. She portrayed him as a “prodigious mythmaker” who absorbed his theological ideas from his New York environment. Church scholars have criticized Brodie’s methods for several reasons. Anti-Mormon writers were most prolific during the post-Brodie era. And there’s still the usual round of self-published material. So, the LDS Church doesn’t sponsor seminars to refute these critics. 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. I discuss this in more detail, here. 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. Hurlbut was hired by an anti-Mormon committee to find those who would attest to Smith’s dishonesty. Anti-Mormon literature is meant for the unstudied and those who are currently struggling with their faith. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. Underwood, Grant. Close • Posted by 4 minutes ago. In fact, there’s basic radio silence on Mormonism from the major evangelical presses, excepting the LeBaron memoir I mentioned above (Tyndale). Latent anti-Mormon bias may seem harmless enough—after all, Mormons are reluctant to call others out on it. The result of this was that I was told to 'stop reading anti-mormon literature.' On the other hand, when there was pronounced opposition, Mormons always found a way to interpret that opposition as a sign of the Lord’s favor too: if Satan was inspiring this much hostility in non-Mormons, our religion had to be true. More on the Mormon Temple Rituals as seen on these videos. Rachel Jeffs, daughter of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, has. Baker has a 2015 title, Mormonism 101, but it’s only an expanded version of an older backlist book, not a new work. Polygamy is also a very complex issue, yet you read Joseph Smith’s mind and claim to know his motivations. 4-8, 10-12, examines anti-Mormon arguments. Nibley, Hugh W. The Mythmakers. Its the same process with anti mormon literature. At the time the Church commemorated its centennial in 1930, American historian Bernard De Voto asserted in the American Mercury, “Unquestionably, Joseph Smith was a paranoid.” He later admitted that the Mercuryarticle was a “dishonest attack” (IE 49 [Mar. Nor train scholars in apologetics. Posted on November 16, 2018 December 6, 2018. Surveys the anti-Mormon writers during the Joseph Smith period. This statement I found highly offensive, as it assumed that because I disagreed with the… Quite interesting. Walter F. Prince and Theodore Schroeder offered explanations for Book of Mormon names by way of imaginative but remote psychological associations. They claim that if the Church is really true, no harm can come from looking into the opposite point of view, that the truth will stand no matter how fiercely it may be attacked, and that my beliefs will actually be strengthened by accepting and overcoming such challenges. 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. 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. 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 . That is why it i… A Full Exposure of its Secret Practices and Hidden Crimes, by Alfred Trumble It includes illustrations, photographs, and a comprehensive interactive table of contents. I am a life-long member of the Church. percent a year, a fanciful “biography” of Mary Baker Eddy by none other than Mark Twain. From Brodie. Smith was not convicted of a “con” game before his First Vision. "The anti-Mormon document we are discussing lists 36 parallels between Ethan Smith’s book and the Book of Mormon. Bushman, Richard L. Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism. Why, then, are we going to all the effort to annotate and republish it as part of a new book series? The term, "anti-Mormon" first appears in the historical record in 1833 by the Louisville (Kentucky) Daily Herald in an article, "The Mormons and the Anti-Mormons" (the article was also the first known to label believers in the Book of Mormon as "Mormons"). 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. They commenced writing in 1959 and now offer more than 200 publications. anti-Mormon literature at Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest evangelical publisher (now part of Harper), revealed no hits. How Much Should Pastors and Church Employees Get Paid? 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. Salt Lake City, 1961. 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. My husband’s friend asked him if he ever said anything negative about his greek orthodox beliefs. From Decker. For me, much of the anti-Mormon literature that comes up is in fact more evidence of the Church being true. Analyzes pro-Mormon and anti-Mormon approaches. 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. Analyzes the Hurlbut-Howe affidavits published in Mormonism Unvailed. Discusses the early anti-Mormonism writings of Campbell, Howe, and Hurlbut. The Mormon Graphic Image 1834 –1914. Faith and Reason: one believing member's perspectives. 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). The 1987 Directory of Cult Research Organizations contains more than a hundred anti-Mormon listings. Kimball, Edward L. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. Larson, Jennifer. History. Jim Bennett Responds (again) to the CES Letter. Foster, Craig L. “Henry Caswall: Anti-Mormon Extraordinaire.” BYU Studies 35:4 (1995-96):144-159. The whole corpus of anti-Mormon literature rests foursquare on the testimony of people who claim they were once good Mormons. When you actually go and read the View of the Hebrews, you realize what a stretch the author is making. 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. Salt Lake City, 1963. Is Faith a Delusion? These networks distribute anti-Mormon literature, provide lectures that attack the Church publicly, and proselytize Mormons. It’s the equivalent of taking some quote from one of the Christian crusaders and using it against all Christians. Kregel, Moody, B&H, WaterBrook, Multnomah, Thomas Nelson . The book repudiated the Rigdon-Spaulding theory, revived the Alexander Campbell thesis that Joseph Smith alone was the author of the book, and postulated that View of the Hebrews (following Riley, 1903) provided the basic source material for the Book of Mormon. I. Woodbridge Riley claimed in The Founder of Mormonism (New York, 1903) that “Joseph Smith, Junior was an epileptic.” He was the first to suggest that Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews (1823) and Josiah Priest’s The Wonders of Nature and Providence, Displayed (1825) were the sources for the Book of Mormon. This and the upcoming volumes are not meant to criticize the LDS … “Old Wine in New Bottles: The Story behind Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism.” BYU Studies 35:3 (1995):45-73. Almost all of them are silly or completely disingenuous. Examines the early newspaper articles and anti-Mormon explanations for the origin of the Book of Mormon. Pacific Publishing House in California lists more than a hundred anti-Mormon publications. “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).”, Foster, Craig L. “Henry Caswall: Anti-Mormon Extraordinaire.”, Introvigne, Massimo. They only read the negative stuff printed by people who weren’t LDS instead of finding out what we say we believe. Maria Ward (a pseudonym) depicted Mormon torture of women in Female Life Among the Mormons (1855). Jeremy Runnells spread his aggregation of criticisms in his “CES Letter”. There is no reason we can’t respect people’s opinions and still be friends. Probably the most influential anti-Mormon work in this period was Pomeroy Tucker’s Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism (1867). Surveys the anti-Mormon writers during the Brigham Young period. Anti-Mormon literature is of the devil. The above link discusses the major periods of Church history and the major critics within each period. Hurlbut was hired by an anti-Mormon committee to find those who would attest to Smith’s dishonesty. 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). 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. Christian History, a Latter-day Saint Perspective, Biblical Manuscripts and Changes Made to the Bible, Evolution, Science, Creation, Genesis, and the Temple. Networks of anti-Mormon organizations operate in the United States. I have been grateful for much of it because it has caused me to reflect on issues that I did not previously consider. He would use church books, not anti-Mormon literature, to show me there conflicts with church doctrine. Book of Mormon Changes (almost all spelling, grammar, and punctuation), Allen, Julie K. and David L. Paulsen. My current favorite book is not religious, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. No definitive history of anti-Mormon activities has been written. THE SEARCH FOR A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATION (1897-1945). My husband is a convert to the Church and he was handed a lot of anti-mormon literature by his greek orthodox relatives. Whew! This MLK Day, white evangelicals again have a choice to make on racial justice, Ahead of inauguration, faith leaders urge devotees in state capitols to take precautions, Photos of the Week: Black Nazarene procession cancelled, Makar Sankranti kite flying, What Andrew Young taught me about keeping King’s movement going, Black churchgoers report powerlessness in politics, agency in Black congregations. Nibley, Hugh W. The Prophetic Book of Mormon, CWHN 8 chaps. Authors wrote lurid passages designed to sell the publications. And Mike Norton enters LDS Temples and then posts videos to YouTube. Early Anti Mormon Literature, Volume I (Fully Illustrated) - Kindle edition by Hancock, G. B., Howe, E. D., Burgess, J. M. . “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).” BYU Studies 46:3 (2007):101-156. Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence? Situation #5. To get an inside track you have simply to latch on to one of these, and they are not hard to find. Bunker, Gary L., and Davis Bitton. The fact that you get an uneasy feeling when you read anti-Mormon literature should be proof enough. Mormon533. 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. November 16, 2018 December 6, 2018 December 6, 2018 December 6 2018... 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