Speaker: Robert D. Anderson

Psychobiography of Joseph Smith: Two Secular Views United

More than a decade ago, each of us independently published a psychobiographical study of Joseph Smith, using contemporary models of behavioral science to provide alternative explanations to the mystical narrative that is the foundation of Mormonism. In this session, we update our findings and further clarify our understandings of Smith’s psychological profile as expressed in …

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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 …

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Fawn McKay Brodie And Joseph Smith: A 60th Anniversary Retrospective

Fawn McKay Brodie And Joseph Smith: A 60th Anniversary Retrospective This session, consisting of two presentations, provides a retrospective on the life and work of the controversial writer-biographer Fawn McKay Brodie. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Brodie’s highly influential biography of Joseph Smith, No Man Knows My History. It also …

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Why do Mormons Continue to Believe and Practice?

Why do Mormons Continue to Believe and Practice? From a strictly naturalistic view, the last fifty years have failed to bring much support for the supernatural claims of Joseph Smith. On the other hand, critics have been compiling evidence that contradicts those claims. Yet, Mormonism continues to thrive and expand, suggesting psychological reasons for the …

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