Tag: Ryan Stuart Bingham

An Agnostic View of Joseph Smith: A Possible Prophet Puzzle Solution

By Ryan Stuart Bingham Nearly forty years ago, Jan Shipps challenged Joseph Smith’s biographers to reconcile “the charlatan-true prophet dichotomy which has plagued Mormon history from the beginning.”1 While biographers have presented evidence with increasing rigor and have offered broader interpretations of Joseph Smith, the alternate distractions of devotion and incredulity have maintained the old …

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