Tag: First Vision


Latter-day Saints often claim that they are guided by revelation from on high in a variety of ways, while still holding to a position implied in one interpretation of the First Vision that every other church is directed by the precepts of men. But how accurate is this assessment? How exclusive is the LDS claim …

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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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