I Have A Question: Some scholars have implied that the Book of Mormon and LDS theology are products of Joseph Smith’s environment. To what extent did Joseph Smith’s environment influence the theological developments of the Church?

Title

I Have A Question: Some scholars have implied that the Book of Mormon and LDS theology are products of Joseph Smith’s environment. To what extent did Joseph Smith’s environment influence the theological developments of the Church?

Magazine

Ensign

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication

1992

Authors

Pagination

27-29

Date Published

June 1992

Volume

22

Issue Number

6

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Bibliographic Citation

Porter, Larry C. "I Have A Question: Some scholars have implied that the Book of Mormon and LDS theology are products of Joseph Smith’s environment. To what extent did Joseph Smith’s environment influence the theological developments of the Church?", Ensign, Vol. 22. no. 6 1992:27-29.

Abstract

Rejects the so-called environment theory for the origin of the Book of Mormon. Discredits Indian, philosophical, historical, and literary influences (such as the Spaulding manuscript) upon the Book of Mormon. Contemporary religious thought appears to have been influential because the Book of Mormon answers and clarifies fundamental theological issues, but the only true source of influence upon the Book of Mormon was that of the Holy Ghost.

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Authorship
Smith, Joseph, Jr.

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