A Psychobiography of Joseph Smith: Two Secular Views United

With no historical, archeological, or genetic evidence supporting either the Book of Mormon or the Book of Abraham, the most prominent naturalistic theory of their creation is that they came from Smith’s own mind. Over a decade ago, each of us independently published a comprehensive psychobiographic study of Smith, using contemporary models of behavioral science to provide alternative explanations to the mystical narrative of the Mormon tradition. in this session, we will update our studies to reinforce and further clarify our understanding of Smith’s psychological profile as expressed in his writings and behavior.

Robert D. Anderson, William Morain