Speaker: Kevin Barney

Joseph Smith in Hermeneutical Crisis

Joseph Smith in Hermeneutical Crisis Marvin Hill argued that early Mormonism was a flight from American religious pluralism. This presentation puts a finer point on Hill’s thesis by arguing that Joseph Smith felt that American religious pluralism resulted from a breakdown in the perspicuity (or clarity) of the Bible. I suggest that Smith regarded hermeneutical …

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NEPHI AND ME: PERSONAL JOURNEYS WITH THE BOOK OF MORMON

Book of Mormon studies have broken open in recent decades, leading to many new, and widely different, theories about its historicity, origins, theology, and function. But despite this flurry of activity among scholars, apologists, and revisionists, until recent publicity over DNA studies and the Church’s response caught their attention, very few Latter-day Saints had really …

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