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Believing history : Latter-day Saint essays

Author: Richard L Bushman; Reid L Neilson; Jed Woodworth
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joseph Smith cannot be dismissed as a colorful fraud, Bushman argues, nor seen only as a restorer of religious truth. Entangled in nineteenth-century Yankee culture -- including the skeptical Enlightenment -- Smith was nevertheless an original who cut his own path. And while there are multiple contexts from which to draw an understanding of Joseph Smith (including magic, seekers, the Second Great Awakening,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Joseph Smith, Jr.; Joseph Smith, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard L Bushman; Reid L Neilson; Jed Woodworth
ISBN: 0231130066 9780231130066 0231130074 9780231130073
OCLC Number: 52494425
Description: xviii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Belief: Faithful history ; My belief ; Learning to believe ; The social dimensions of rationality --
pt. 2. The Book of Mormon and history: The Book of Mormon and the American Revolution ; The Book of Mormon in early Mormon history ; The Lamanite view of Book of Mormon history ; The recovery of the Book of Mormon ; The Book of Mormon and its critics --
pt. 3. Joseph Smith and culture: Joseph Smith and skepticism ; Joseph Smith in the current age ; Making space for the Mormons ; The visionary world of Joseph Smith ; Was Joseph Smith a gentleman? : the standard for refinement in Utah ; Joseph Smith as translator ; The "little, narrow prison" of language : the rhetoric of revelation ; A Joseph Smith for the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Richard Lyman Bushman ; edited by Reid L. Neilson and Jed Woodworth.

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Written by an eminent historian, this book reflects on his faith and the history of his religion. By describing his own struggle to find a basis for belief in a skeptical world, it poses the question  Read more...

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Over against the diffidence of evangelical historians, who may sometimes say too little in what they write, Bushman's essays are refreshingly bold. -- Elesha Coffman Christian Review 17 thoughtful Read more...

 
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