Tag: Joseph Smith

Notes for D. Michael Quinn’s: “The Culture of Violence in Joseph Smith’s Mormonism” Part I

1.  Shelly Kagan, Normative Ethics (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998); Michael Hechter and Karl-Dieter Opp, eds., Social Norms (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001). 2.  Richard Maxwell Brown, “Historical Patterns of Violence in America,” in Hugh Davis Graham and Ted Robert Gurr, eds., The History of Violence in America: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (New York: …

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Approaching the First Vision Saga

By Stephen C. Taysom Art by Galen Dara     Or right-click to download audio file here: Approaching the First Vision Saga   Joseph Smith’s First Vision stories constitute a key element of contemporary Mormon self-conception. Anyone seeking to understand Mormonism will have to grapple with the complexities surrounding this event and the stories told …

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