Tag: First Vision Accounts

From North Star to Constellation: “First Vision Accounts”

by Stephen C. Taysom Stephen C. Taysom is an associate professor of philosophy and comparative religion at Cleveland State University.   Religions persist when they are able to adapt to cultural shifts by reinterpreting their own histories—even their origins—in a way that cloaks their changes in a mantle of consistency. The LDS Church’s Gospel Topics …

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Variations in the First Vision Accounts: A Rethinking

The variations among First Vision accounts have always attracted our attention. Initially, this was due to the polemical tendencies of early studies of Mormon origins, which tried to disprove the veracity of Smith’s experience. Later inquiries were driven by historians who sought to discover the causal reasons for Mormonism’s appearance on the American religious scene. …

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