Violence in the Book of Mormon

Violence in the Book of Mormon Sandwiched between the Book of Mormon’s many faith-promoting stories are tales of beheading, kidnapping, torture, rape, murder for gain, patricide, and other acts of violence. This presentation will explore some of Mormonism’s violent tales and examine these stories in light of different theorists’ work on violence and how it functions in society. It also explores the significance of these stories to better understand the purpose they serve within our religious community and discusses whether their violent content has had any lasting effects on Mormon culture.

Mary Ellen Robertson, Scott Denhalter