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. Jim Bennett Responds (again) to the CES Letter. I am a life-long member of the Church. A search for anti-Mormon literature at Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest evangelical publisher (now part of Harper), revealed no hits. 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. Howe collaborated with apostate Philastus Hurlbut, twice excommunicated from the Church for immorality. Yay! The work is somewhat sympathetic to the Mormon heritage, while offering a naturalistic origin for the Mormon practice of polygamy, and describes Joseph Smith in terms of “neurotic impulses.”. I just read these gems on the church website: When Anti-Mormon Material Shook My Faith (churchofjesuschrist.org) and What Would You Do? “From its beginnings, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members have been targets of anti-Mormon publications. Situation #5. Vardis Fisher, a popular novelist with Mormon roots in Idaho, published Children of God: An American Epic (1939). For me, much of the anti-Mormon literature that comes up is in fact more evidence of the Church being true. This volume includes classics of anti-Mormon literature: - Boadicea, The Mormon Wife, by Alfreda Eva Bell - Mormonism Exposed and Refused, or True and False Religion, by William Kirby - The Mysteries of Mormonism. My husband is a convert to the Church and he was handed a lot of anti-mormon literature by his greek orthodox relatives. Brodie’s interpretations have been followed by several other writers. Book of Mormon Changes (almost all spelling, grammar, and punctuation), Allen, Julie K. and David L. Paulsen. Tag: anti-Mormon literature. Networks of anti-Mormon organizations operate in the United States. All too often religious literature and political positions are labeled anti-Mormon prematurely. First, she ignored valuable manuscript material in the Church archives that was accessible to her. Quite interesting. In 1841, it was revealed that an Anti-Mormon Almanac would be published. Introvigne, Massimo. And Mike Norton enters LDS Temples and then posts videos to YouTube. REVIVAL OF OLD THEORIES AND ALLEGATIONS (1946-1990). 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 fact that you get an uneasy feeling when you read anti-Mormon literature should be proof enough. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading An American Fraud. Bushman, Richard L. Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism. 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. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. BYU Studies 32 (Fall 1992):178-184. Hurlbut was hired by an anti-Mormon committee to find those who would attest to Smith’s dishonesty. If you want to spiritually grow and progress, please read daily in the book of mormon, as our prophet has adviced. Is Faith a Delusion? “Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reappraised.” BYU Studies 10 (1970):283-314. Professing love for the Saints, Decker has waged an attack on their beliefs. Its the same process with anti mormon literature. Anti-Mormon writers were most prolific during the post-Brodie era. Walter F. Prince and Theodore Schroeder offered explanations for Book of Mormon names by way of imaginative but remote psychological associations. 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. 4-8, 10-12, examines anti-Mormon arguments. Authors wrote lurid passages designed to sell the publications. Kregel, Moody, B&H, WaterBrook, Multnomah, Thomas Nelson . 19 (1876) sensationalized the polygamy theme. Treats the film The Godmakers. The result of this was that I was told to 'stop reading anti-mormon literature.' Oh, the lurid accounts of hearts corrupted, families wrecked, and brains washed by the false religion of the Latter-day Saints! Church scholars have criticized Brodie’s methods for several reasons. This statement I found highly offensive, as it assumed that because I disagreed with the… We’d be hard pressed to find that now, with Christian Science struggling and its membership in decline. Here’s what’s coming in 2017: But those exit memoirs aren’t being released by evangelical houses as in days of yore. Smith was not convicted of a “con” game before his First Vision. We are doing all of this because Boadicea, though wildly inaccurate, was extremely influential. Of course, there is a bright side to the disappearance of anti-Mormon literature. I have been grateful for much of it because it has caused me to reflect on issues that I did not previously consider. 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. Nibley, Hugh W. The Prophetic Book of Mormon, CWHN 8 chaps. . https://thirdhour.org/blog/faith/big-list-anti-mormon-literature These documents allege that the Smiths were money diggers and irresponsible people. All too often Saints use the label ‘anti-Mormon’ as a tactic to forestall serious discussion” (p. 376). “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).” BYU Studies 46:3 (2007):101-156. My current favorite book is not religious, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. A Full Exposure of its Secret Practices and Hidden Crimes, by Alfred Trumble It includes illustrations, photographs, and a comprehensive interactive table of contents. “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).”, Foster, Craig L. “Henry Caswall: Anti-Mormon Extraordinaire.”, Introvigne, Massimo. I discuss this in more detail, here. Nibley, Hugh W. Sounding Brass. Evangelicals and some apostate Mormons assert that Latter-day Saints are not Christians. There is no reason we can’t respect people’s opinions and still be friends. 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. Anti-Mormon literature is meant for the unstudied and those who are currently struggling with their faith. Two prolific anti-Mormon researchers are Jerald and Sandra Tanner. Independence, Mo., 1942, and Salt Lake City, 1952. 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. 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. Analyzes pro-Mormon and anti-Mormon approaches. What the heck is going on with the disappearance of anti-Mormon literature? A broad spectrum of anti-Mormon authors has produced the invective literature of this period. How Much Should Pastors and Church Employees Get Paid? 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. Christian History, a Latter-day Saint Perspective, Biblical Manuscripts and Changes Made to the Bible, Evolution, Science, Creation, Genesis, and the Temple. Mormonism slows to its lowest growth levels since 2016. (The Encyclopedia of Mormonism was published in the 90s and doesn’t provide information on current debates.). 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. 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. ***  The Encyclopedia of Mormonism article stops there, as it was published in the 90s. Examines the early newspaper articles and anti-Mormon explanations for the origin of the Book of Mormon. Fourth, by using a psychobiographical approach, she imputed thoughts and motives to Joseph Smith. Review of Religious Seekers and the Advent of Mormonism, by Dan Vogel. Um, yay again! They operate and publish under the name of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, Inc. Their most notable work, Mormonism –Shadow or Reality? What Difference does it make? History. The whole corpus of anti-Mormon literature rests foursquare on the testimony of people who claim they were once good Mormons. Allen, Julie K. and David L. Paulsen. To get an inside track you have simply to latch on to one of these, and they are not hard to find. (1964, revised 1972, 1987), contains the essence of their claims against the Church. This and the upcoming volumes are not meant to criticize the LDS … "The anti-Mormon document we are discussing lists 36 parallels between Ethan Smith’s book and the Book of Mormon. “Old Wine in New Bottles: The Story behind Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism.”. 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. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Early Anti Mormon Literature, Volume I (Fully Illustrated). My husband’s friend asked him if he ever said anything negative about his greek orthodox beliefs. And there’s still the usual round of self-published material. 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. They commenced writing in 1959 and now offer more than 200 publications. The Mormon Graphic Image 1834 –1914. No definitive history of anti-Mormon activities has been written. 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. From Brodie. Analysis of Anti-Masonic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Mormon Literature BY DAVID BRION DAVIS During the second quarter of the nineteenth century, when dan-ger of foreign invasion appeared increasingly remote, Americans were told by various respected leaders that Freemasons had infil-trated the government and had seized control of the courts, that Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 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. It is anti-Mormon literature at its worst. I’m sure even more will become apparent over time. Their main approach is to demonstrate discrepancies, many of which Latter-day Saints consider contrived or trivial, between current and past Church teachings. (churchofjesuschrist.org) The history of American religion is littered with cases of new religious movements attracting deep censure when they are successful—and very little attention when they are not. 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. Faith and Reason: one believing member's perspectives. They only read the negative stuff printed by people who weren’t LDS instead of finding out what we say we believe. Salt Lake City, 1983. The book influenced future 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. BYU Studies 30 (Winter 1990):120-126. 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. From the Tanners. Mormon533. This volume includes classics of anti-Mormon literature: - Mormonism Unvailed, by E. D. Howe - The Book of Mormon Contradictory to Common Sense, Reason, and Revelation, by J. M. Burgess - Mormonism Exposed, by G. B. Hancock It includes illustrations, photographs, and a comprehensive interactive table of contents. It seems reasonable to me to encourage people -- as you did -- to focus on modern, 20th-century Mormon doctrines, definitions, and emphases, and to disregard the abandoned, troubling doctrines of the past. Alfreda Eva Bell’s Boadicea, the Mormon Wife (1855) depicted Church members as “murderers, forgers, swindlers, gamblers, thieves, and adulterers!”. What Shocks Mormons and non-Mormons as they learn about Mormonism. none has anything recent. Salt Lake City, 1963. Salt Lake City, 1986. Metta Victoria Fuller Victor’s Mormon Wives (1856) characterized Mormons as a “horrid” and deluded people. That is why it i… He would use church books, not anti-Mormon literature, to show me there conflicts with church doctrine. History. Howe collaborated with apostate Philastus Hurlbut, twice excommunicated from the Church for immorality. 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). Anti-Mormon literature is of the devil. Whew! Close • Posted by 4 minutes ago. Larson, Jennifer. MORMON STEREOTYPING AND THE CRUSADE AGAINST POLYGAMY (1847-1896). Latter-day Saints see his film and book, both entitled The Godmakers, as a gross misrepresentation of their beliefs, especially the temple ordinances. A representative anti-Mormon title from the glory days of the 1990s, when Mormons still scared the bejesus out of evangelicals. Jeremy Runnells spread his aggregation of criticisms in his “CES Letter”. 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. 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. 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. All rights reserved. A sample of LDS sources on anti-Mormonism follows: Allen, James B., and Leonard J. Arrington. 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. In their book The Changing World of Mormonism, the Tanners use the term fourteen times. 1946]:154). I am writing to you on behalf of the Latter-day Saints from around the world who share concerns related to vaccinations and … I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which you responded to the anti-Mormon literature in question. . But what you have to realize is that no anti-Mormon literature is unbiased. 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. Salt Lake City, 1961. Anderson, Richard Lloyd. He “collected” affidavits from seventy-two contemporaries who professed to know Joseph Smith and were willing to speak against him. The most notable anti-Mormon work of this period, Mormonism Unvailed (sic), was published by Eber D. Howe in 1834. : From the Encyclopedia of Mormonism’s section on “Anti-Mormon Publications:”. The above link discusses the major periods of Church history and the major critics within each period. 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). This last reason is, I think, the most critical. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism. “Old Wine in New Bottles: The Story behind Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism.” BYU Studies 35:3 (1995):45-73. Analyzes the Hurlbut-Howe affidavits published in Mormonism Unvailed. In fact, there’s basic radio silence on Mormonism from the major evangelical presses, excepting the LeBaron memoir I mentioned above (Tyndale). It depends on your goals. A concise summary of life as a Mormon. Surveys the anti-Mormon writers during the Joseph Smith period. 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. 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 … The four were sensational, erotic novels focusing on the supposed plight of women in the Church. Some friends of mine have been reading anti-Mormon literature and want me to read it too. 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. (by La Roy Sunderland, John Bennett, and John A. Clark). Bunker, Gary L., and Davis Bitton. Second, her sources were mainly biased anti-Mormon documents collected primarily in the New York Public Library, Yale Library, and Chicago Historical Library. The 1987 Directory of Cult Research Organizations contains more than a hundred anti-Mormon listings. Mormon505. Mormon558. Orvilla S. Belisle’s Mormonism Unveiled (1855) had the heroine hopelessly trapped in a Mormon harem. An American Fraud. 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. 1 year ago. Early Anti Mormon Literature, Volume I (Fully Illustrated) - Kindle edition by Hancock, G. B., Howe, E. D., Burgess, J. M. . Fanny Stenhouse’s Tell It All (1874) and Ann Eliza Young’s Wife No. The most notable anti-Mormon work of this period, Mormonism Unvailed (sic), was published by Eber D. Howe in 1834. Traces the history of anti-Mormon caricature. Here’s why that’s great news. 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 … Discusses the early anti-Mormonism writings of Campbell, Howe, and Hurlbut. 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. Rachel Jeffs, daughter of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, has. I’ve even become friends with the people that bring it up for discussion. 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. Kirkham, Francis W. A New Witness for Christ in America, 2 vols. 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. percent a year, a fanciful “biography” of Mary Baker Eddy by none other than Mark Twain. Dear President Monson, President Eyring, and President Uchtdorf, My name is Brett Wilcox. Urbana, Ill., 1984. Nibley, Hugh W. “Censoring the Joseph Smith Story,” IE 64 (July, Aug., Oct., Nov. 1961). 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