Speaker: Brian W. Kassenbrock

Stormy Weather: Chaos Theory and The Book of Mormon

The Romantic movement, contemporary with Joseph Smith, was fascinated by storms and chaos—their spontaneous self-organization, complexity, destruction, and unpredictability. Similarly, the Book of Mormon makes much use of chaos, with its many instances of catastrophe, the reappearance of robbers and outlaws, its apparition of Jesus, and the twisted fates of its Nephites and Lamanites. Using …

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The Paradox of Jesus in The Book of Mormon

Jesus is the Christ of the New Testament, however, his persona is surrounded by Hermetic themes such as light and darkness. These paradoxes relate to others such as the role of Ancient Egyptian language and culture in the context of Hebraic beliefs and give us insight as to why another set of scriptures was needed. …

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