I discuss this in more detail, here. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism. . THE SEARCH FOR A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATION (1897-1945). First, she ignored valuable manuscript material in the Church archives that was accessible to her. He would use church books, not anti-Mormon literature, to show me there conflicts with church doctrine. Their main approach is to demonstrate discrepancies, many of which Latter-day Saints consider contrived or trivial, between current and past Church teachings. The most notable anti-Mormon work of this period, Mormonism Unvailed (sic), was published by Eber D. Howe in 1834. Here’s why that’s great news. Probably the most influential anti-Mormon work in this period was Pomeroy Tucker’s Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism (1867). In fact, there’s basic radio silence on Mormonism from the major evangelical presses, excepting the LeBaron memoir I mentioned above (Tyndale). Mormon533. 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. There is no proof, outside of anti-Mormon literature Emma Smith burned anything. 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. 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. Smith was not convicted of a “con” game before his First Vision. (The Encyclopedia of Mormonism was published in the 90s and doesn’t provide information on current debates.). Nibley, Hugh W. The Prophetic Book of Mormon, CWHN 8 chaps. Tag: anti-Mormon literature. 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 (!) Modern Mormons who equate questions and disagreement with persecution need to do some serious rethinking. History. 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). I just read these gems on the church website: When Anti-Mormon Material Shook My Faith (churchofjesuschrist.org) and What Would You Do? There is no reason we can’t respect people’s opinions and still be friends. He supported the Hurlbut-Howe charge that the Smiths were dishonest and alleged that they stole from their neighbors. Larson, Jennifer. I am a life-long member of the Church. 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. A search for anti-Mormon literature at Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest evangelical publisher (now part of Harper), revealed no hits. Urbana, Ill., 1984. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. Underwood, Grant. percent a year, a fanciful “biography” of Mary Baker Eddy by none other than Mark Twain. (by La Roy Sunderland, John Bennett, and John A. Clark). But what you have to realize is that no anti-Mormon literature is unbiased. Hurlbut was hired by an anti-Mormon committee to find those who would attest to Smith’s dishonesty. My husband is a convert to the Church and he was handed a lot of anti-mormon literature by his greek orthodox relatives. Jim is an incredibly witty, entertaining, and talented writer. 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 authors use the term "anti-Mormon" themselves Jerald and Sandra Tanner, some of the most well known anti-Mormon writers, use the term "anti-Mormon" to refer to others who oppose the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They commenced writing in 1959 and now offer more than 200 publications. Quite interesting. All too often Saints use the label ‘anti-Mormon’ as a tactic to forestall serious discussion” (p. 376). It’s the equivalent of taking some quote from one of the Christian crusaders and using it against all Christians. Zondervan doesn’t seem to have published anything in this line since Unveiling Grace back in 2013, which I reviewed here on the blog. March 1, 2015. 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. 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. This statement I found highly offensive, as it assumed that because I disagreed with the… The book influenced future anti-Mormon literature. The fact that you get an uneasy feeling when you read anti-Mormon literature should be proof enough. Historian Gerrit J. Dirkmaat explains the origin of one of Joseph Smith’s most prominent early antagonists, Doctor Philastus Hurlbut. Scharff, Gilbert W. The Truth About the Godmakers. Whew! He “collected” affidavits from seventy-two contemporaries who professed to know Joseph Smith and were willing to speak against him. 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. They contend that Latter-day Saints worship a “different Jesus” and that their scriptures are contrary to the Bible. What Difference does it make? An American Fraud. In their book The Changing World of Mormonism, the Tanners use the term fourteen times. Kregel, Moody, B&H, WaterBrook, Multnomah, Thomas Nelson . 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. . Kimball, Edward L. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. Larson, Jennifer. Metta Victoria Fuller Victor’s Mormon Wives (1856) characterized Mormons as a “horrid” and deluded people. Faith and Reason: one believing member's perspectives. Baker has a 2015 title, Mormonism 101, but it’s only an expanded version of an older backlist book, not a new work. Of course, there is a bright side to the disappearance of anti-Mormon literature. Two prolific anti-Mormon researchers are Jerald and Sandra Tanner. For me, much of the anti-Mormon literature that comes up is in fact more evidence of the Church being true. From the Tanners. It depends on your goals. They operate and publish under the name of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, Inc. Their most notable work, Mormonism –Shadow or Reality? Allen, Julie K. and David L. Paulsen. “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).” BYU Studies 46:3 (2007):101-156. Origen Bacheler examined the Book of Mormon itself in Mormonism Exposed Internally and Externally, arguing that the book was inconsistent with the … 1946]:154). A relief: here’s an evangelical book that fits the older mold. Excommunicated members tried to capitalize on their former membership in the Church to sell their stories. 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. I’ve even become friends with the people that bring it up for discussion. Polygamy is also a very complex issue, yet you read Joseph Smith’s mind and claim to know his motivations. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. What the heck is going on with the disappearance of anti-Mormon literature? Anti-Mormon literature is meant for the unstudied and those who are currently struggling with their faith. If you want to spiritually grow and progress, please read daily in the book of mormon, as our prophet has adviced. REVIVAL OF OLD THEORIES AND ALLEGATIONS (1946-1990). 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. 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 I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which you responded to the anti-Mormon literature in question. Howe collaborated with apostate Philastus Hurlbut, twice excommunicated from the Church for immorality. 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. No definitive history of anti-Mormon activities has been written. 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. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Early Anti Mormon Literature, Volume I (Fully Illustrated). Nor train scholars in apologetics. Why, then, are we going to all the effort to annotate and republish it as part of a new book series? Evangelicals and some apostate Mormons assert that Latter-day Saints are not Christians. 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. Oh, the lurid accounts of hearts corrupted, families wrecked, and brains washed by the false religion of the Latter-day Saints! Pacific Publishing House in California lists more than a hundred anti-Mormon publications. Oh, the sensationalist tales of those books! Is Faith a Delusion? A representative anti-Mormon title from the glory days of the 1990s, when Mormons still scared the bejesus out of evangelicals. I have been grateful for much of it because it has caused me to reflect on issues that I did not previously consider. 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 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"). Anderson, Richard Lloyd. Rachel Jeffs, daughter of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, has. (1964, revised 1972, 1987), contains the essence of their claims against the Church. Bushman, Richard L. Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism. We are doing all of this because Boadicea, though wildly inaccurate, was extremely influential. Fourth, by using a psychobiographical approach, she imputed thoughts and motives to Joseph Smith. That is why it i… Review of Religious Seekers and the Advent of Mormonism, by Dan Vogel. Here’s what’s coming in 2017: But those exit memoirs aren’t being released by evangelical houses as in days of yore. This last reason is, I think, the most critical. ***  The Encyclopedia of Mormonism article stops there, as it was published in the 90s. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 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. 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. Mormon558. The 1987 Directory of Cult Research Organizations contains more than a hundred anti-Mormon listings. Surveys the anti-Mormon writers during the Brigham Young period. Jim Bennett, son of late US Senator from Utah, wrote a reply to the CES Letter in 2016. In 1841, it was revealed that an Anti-Mormon Almanac would be published. Bunker, Gary L., and Davis Bitton. Jeremy Runnells spread his aggregation of criticisms in his “CES Letter”. 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. “Mormon Origins in New York: An Introductory Analysis.” BYU Studies 9 (1969):241-74. 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. Dear President Monson, President Eyring, and President Uchtdorf, My name is Brett Wilcox. 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. What Shocks Mormons and non-Mormons as they learn about Mormonism. Orvilla S. Belisle’s Mormonism Unveiled (1855) had the heroine hopelessly trapped in a Mormon harem. “The Reverend Dr. Peter Christian Kierkegaard’s ‘About and Against Mormonism’ (1855).”, Foster, Craig L. “Henry Caswall: Anti-Mormon Extraordinaire.”, Introvigne, Massimo. 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. “From its beginnings, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members have been targets of anti-Mormon publications. Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence? Howe collaborated with apostate Philastus Hurlbut, twice excommunicated from the Church for immorality. More on the Mormon Temple Rituals as seen on these videos. Though sometimes well intended, anti-Mormon publications have often taken the form of invective, falsehood, Salt Lake City, 1963. 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. Situation #5. 1 year ago. Authors wrote lurid passages designed to sell the publications. These networks distribute anti-Mormon literature, provide lectures that attack the Church publicly, and proselytize Mormons. Second, her sources were mainly biased anti-Mormon documents collected primarily in the New York Public Library, Yale Library, and Chicago Historical Library. Review of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case, by Richard E. Turley, Jr. BYU Studies 32 (Fall 1992):178-184. 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. I’m sure even more will become apparent over time. 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). The Mormon Graphic Image 1834 –1914. Anti-Mormon literature is of the devil. Salt Lake City, 1961. Maria Ward (a pseudonym) depicted Mormon torture of women in Female Life Among the Mormons (1855). 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. In 1945 Fawn Brodie published No Man Knows My History, a psychobiographical account of Joseph Smith. Anti-Mormon literature is of the devil. Why would anti-Mormon literature seek out the unlearned, infants in the gospel? : From the Encyclopedia of Mormonism’s section on “Anti-Mormon Publications:”. It’s alright to be friends with people that disagree with you. anti-Mormon literature at Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest evangelical publisher (now part of Harper), revealed no hits. Posted on November 16, 2018 December 6, 2018. The real warning about anti-Mormon literature that the LDS Church teaches is that members are minimally preparing themselves spiritually for discernment. Surveys the anti-Mormon writers during the Joseph Smith period. To get an inside track you have simply to latch on to one of these, and they are not hard to find. Treats the film The Godmakers. Introvigne, Massimo. 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.”. The most notable anti-Mormon work of this period, Mormonism Unvailed (sic), was published by Eber D. Howe in 1834. Again, outside of anti-Mormon literature, this is nonsense. Professing love for the Saints, Decker has waged an attack on their beliefs. Anti-Mormon writers were most prolific during the post-Brodie era. Alfreda Eva Bell’s Boadicea, the Mormon Wife (1855) depicted Church members as “murderers, forgers, swindlers, gamblers, thieves, and adulterers!”. Independence, Mo., 1942, and Salt Lake City, 1952. The whole corpus of anti-Mormon literature rests foursquare on the testimony of people who claim they were once good Mormons. Analyzes the Hurlbut-Howe affidavits published in Mormonism Unvailed. “Old Wine in New Bottles: The Story behind Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism.”. Examines the early newspaper articles and anti-Mormon explanations for the origin of the Book of Mormon. The four were sensational, erotic novels focusing on the supposed plight of women in the Church. Kirkham, Francis W. A New Witness for Christ in America, 2 vols. 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.”. Review of Religious Seekers and the Advent of Mormonism, by Dan Vogel. Its the same process with anti mormon literature. The above link discusses the major periods of Church history and the major critics within each period. Nibley, Hugh W. “Censoring the Joseph Smith Story,” IE 64 (July, Aug., Oct., Nov. 1961). We’d be hard pressed to find that now, with Christian Science struggling and its membership in decline. 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. 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): 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. Mormonism slows to its lowest growth levels since 2016. 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. A Full Exposure of its Secret Practices and Hidden Crimes, by Alfred Trumble It includes illustrations, photographs, and a comprehensive interactive table of contents. “Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reappraised.” BYU Studies 10 (1970):283-314. 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 A concise summary of life as a Mormon. All too often religious literature and political positions are labeled anti-Mormon prematurely. Close • Posted by 4 minutes ago. And Mike Norton enters LDS Temples and then posts videos to YouTube. A sample of LDS sources on anti-Mormonism follows: Allen, James B., and Leonard J. Arrington. 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. Almost all of them are silly or completely disingenuous. Analyzes pro-Mormon and anti-Mormon approaches. From Decker. This and the upcoming volumes are not meant to criticize the LDS … John Dehlin runs a podcast in Cache Valley. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism - Kindle edition by Burningham, Kay. 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. When you actually go and read the View of the Hebrews, you realize what a stretch the author is making. So, the LDS Church doesn’t sponsor seminars to refute these critics. Foster, Craig L. “Henry Caswall: Anti-Mormon Extraordinaire.” BYU Studies 35:4 (1995-96):144-159. Salt Lake City, 1983. Um, yay again! 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. 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