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Author: Jerald Tanner; Sandra Tanner
Publisher: Salt Lake City : Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 1987.
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Genre/Form: Controversial literature
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Tanner, Jerald, 1938-
Mormonism-shadow or reality?
Salt Lake City : Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 1987
(OCoLC)624092550
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerald Tanner; Sandra Tanner
OCLC Number: 17243674
Description: 576 pages : facsimiles ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. A marvelous work? --
Miraculous claims --
The only true church? --
The best people? --
Updated material --
2. Change, censorship and suppression --
Changing doctrines --
Rebaptism --
Censorship --
Changing an article of faith --
Key to theology --
Journal of discourses --
Lucy Smith's book --
Book-burning --
Suppressing the records --
Dr. Nibley refused --
Apostles' threats --
Mormons protest suppression --
Updated material --
3. Changes in the revelations --
Book of commandments --
Not for reproduction --
Other changes --
Study of changes --
Important changes --
Unthinkable? --
Updated material --
4. Joseph Smith and money digging --
Joseph Smith's 1826 trial --
Importance of discovery --
A common practice --
Peep stones --
Book of Mormon from stone --
Embarrassed over stone --
Relationship to book of Mormon --
Working with the rod --
Affidavits and statements --
The treasure hunt revelation --
Updated material --
5. The book of Mormon --
The witnesses --
Character of witnesses --
Apostasy --
Strang and McLellin --
Unreliable witnesses --
Martin Harris --
Oliver Cowdery --
David Whitmer --
Angels and gold plates --
Too much excitement --
Harris' Shaker book --
Ancient or modern? --
Fits Smith's environment --
Revivals --
Infant baptism --
Church of Christ --
Ministers and money --
Westminster confession --
Masonic influence --
Bible influence --
The apocrypha --
Old Testament --
New Testament --
List of parallels --
A real dilemma --
Alpha and Omega --
Origin of Indians --
"Wonders of nature" --
"No traveler returns" --
Vapor of darkness --
Not unique --
"An ignominious death" --
Joseph Smith's father's dream --
Smith probably qualified --
Changes in the book of Mormon --
Lost book of Lehi --
Making up names --
Bible prophecy --
Beyond the book of Mormon --
Updated material --
6. Archeology and the book of Mormon --
A pagan people --
A lost civilization --
Mormon scholars face the truth --
Nephite coins and chariots --
Anthon transcript --
"Deformed English" --
Bat creek stone --
Fraudulent inscriptions --
Kinderhook plates --
Falsification of history --
"Childish forgeries" --
Newark stones --
Tree of life stone --
Lehi, Sariah and Nephi? --
Geography --
Hill Cumorah --
Compared with Bible archaeology --
Updated material --
7. Changes in Joseph Smith's history --
Written by Joseph Smith? --
New discoveries --
Film supplies new evidence --
Over 60% after Smith's death --
Rock Mountain prophecy --
Selected changes --
Conclusion --
Updated material --
8. The first vision --
Vision criticized --
"Strange" accounts --
An important change --
Revision required --
First history --
Too many stories --
Doctrinal change --
Source of confusion --
An evolving story --
No revival in 1820 --
Lane and Stockton --
Moving the revival --
A changing story --
Joseph a Methodist? --
Joseph changed his mind --
Clandestine's errors --
Professor Hill's speech --
9. The godhead --
From one to many --
The heavenly mother --
Serious changes --
Removing the lectures --
"Inspired" corrections --
Elohim --
Hands or wings? --
A changeable God --
The Holy Ghost --
No real answers --
Updated material --
10. The Adam-God doctrine --
Falling upward --
"Our Father and our God" --
Confusion and strife --
Updated material --
11. The priesthood --
Added later --
Aaronic priesthood --
Melchizedek priesthood --
High priests --
First presidency --
Age of ordination --
12. The arm of flesh --
Thinking a sin? --
No revelation --
Updated material --
13. False prophecy --
The Canadian revelation --
The Lord's coming --
A temple in Zion --
The Civil war --
The gathering --
Joseph's boys --
Other prophecies --
Updated material 14. The hereafter --
Universalists --
Joseph changes his mind --
Mormon purgatory --
Degrees of glory --
Dissolved and reorganized spirits --
15. The missionary system --
16. Plural marriage --
Reason for revelation --
Breaking the law --
Contradicts Book of Mormon --
Contradicts the Bible --
Threatened with destruction --
Wives before the revelation --
Leaders puzzled --
Sorrows of polygamy --
Discord in Joseph's home --
Lived with his wives --
Number of wives --
Taking other men's wives --
Polygamy or promiscuity? --
John C. Bennett --
Sarah Pratt affair --
Martha Brotherton --
Nancy Rigdon --
Strange marriages --
Polygamy and courtship --
Only 2% --
One-wife system condemned --
Adam a polygamist --
God and Christ polygamists --
Essential to salvation --
Updated material --
17. The manifesto --
After the manifesto --
"Manifesto a deception" --
Polygamy in Utah today --
Taylor's 1886 revelation --
The dilemma --
Updated material --
18. Mormonism and truth --
The Mormon battalion --
Making God a liar --
Conclusion --
19. Joseph Smith --
A fighting prophet --
General Smith --
"The greatest egotist" --
Mixing politics and revelation --
Destruction of expositor --
Like a lamb? --
20. The virgin birth --
Conclusion --
21. The negro in Mormon theology --
Black skin --
Pre-existence --
Sons of Cain --
Through the flood --
One drop disqualifies --
Negroes in the priesthood --
Negroes unhappy --
Objections to doctrine --
For Cain's sins --
Negroes and the gospel --
Nigerian mission --
Rooted in prejudice --
Slavery in Utah --
Civil Rights --
The Genesis group --
Athletes protest --
A serious situation --
Church rejects violence --
Appeasement --
Dissatisfaction --
A burning issue --
A new revelation? --
Joseph Fielding Smith --
An honest soution --
Conclusion --
Updated material --
22. Fall of the book of Abraham --
The papyri rediscovered --
"Caught flat footed" --
History of papyri --
Deciphering Egyptian --
Spalding's attack --
"Dr. Webb" --
Tragic neglect --
Not out of date --
A suspicious discovery --
Other papyri suppressed --
No gift to translate --
Nibley not an Egyptologist --
Dr. Nelson? --
Source of book of Abraham --
Book of breathings --
Written in hieratic --
Finding the key --
Three witnesses against book --
Dr. Nibley confused --
Nibley reverses his position --
Abraham's signature --
A false translation --
Basis for anti-black doctrine --
From a hole in the papyrus --
An unfinished work --
Complete confusion --
Just a memory device? --
"Bushels of nonsense" --
Facing the truth --
The facsimiles --
Facsimile no. 2 --
Falsification proven --
Part A --
Part B --
Part C --
Part D --
Part E --
Part F --
Part G --
Part H --
Part I --
Parts J and K --
Joseph Smith responsible --
"Cannot be revealed" --
A pagan object --
Facsimile no.1 --
Unfamiliar writing? --
Not unique --
The interpretation --
Changes in facsimile --
Facsimile no. 3 --
Dressed like women --
A common scene --
Not Abraham's drawings --
Book of Joseph --
Joseph's Egyptian alphabet --
"Mere imagination" --
Nibley repudiates grammar --
Master of all languages --
Possible sources --
Imitation Genesis --
Other sources --
The moment of truth --
The Browns' attack --
Nibley's new book --
More on the God min --
Return to old facsimiles --
23. Old Testament practices --
Wine and curses --
Animal sacrifice --
24. Mormon Scriptures and the Bible --
Paine's influence --
Evidence compared --
Dead Sea Scrolls --
Isaiah text --
Evidence for New Testament --
Papyri finds --
"130,00 different readings" --
"Inspired revisions" --
Weak points --
Beyond the text --
"Drastically changed" --
Revising the revisions --
Conclusion --
Updated material --
25. Blood atonement --
Capital crimes --
What is actually practiced? --
Updated material --
26. The word of wisdom --
Origin of revelation --
Joseph's example --
Joseph's bar --
Young's distillery --
Wine and visions --
Hypocrisy --
27. The Mormon kingdom --
Council of fifty --
Joseph made king --
Joseph for president --
Brigham Young as king --
Church and state one --
No democratic elections --
Moses Thatcher --
Attack on America --
Decline of the kingdom --
Conclusion --
Updated material --
28. The Danites --
Attempted explanations --
Origin of the Danites --
Joseph Smith to blame --
Stealing from the Gentiles --
Cutting throats --
"War of extermination" --
Mormon crimes --
Joseph surrenders --
Trouble in Illinois --
Using the mean devils --
Bill Hickman --
Orrin Porter Rockwell --
29. Temple work --
Baptism for the dead --
Endless genealogies --
Elijah the prophet --
All in vain? --
Temple marriage --
Connected with polygamy --
Sealing in spite of sin --
A secret ceremony --
Updated material 30. The temple ceremony, by a temple worker --
31. Changes in the temple ceremony --
Bloody oaths --
Oath of vengeance --
Other changes --
Testimony on ceremony --
Sealing men to men --
Conclusion --
32. The temple ceremony and masonry --
Joseph becomes a mason --
Masonry in temple ritual --
Only one explanation --
Embarrassing questions --
Conclusion --
33. The mountain meadow massacre --
The Utah war --
The massacre --
After the massacre --
Lee's excommunication --
Trial and execution --
Responsibility for massacre --
Church opposes study --
34. Mormonism and money --
Church funds for private gain --
Young becomes rich --
Joseph F. Smith's testimony --
Over $1,000,000 a day --
Tax problems --
Control of news media --
No paid ministry? --
Church or business --
Updated material --
35. Speculation, illegal banking and counterfeiting --
Speculation --
The Kirtland bank --
Disaster --
Bankruptcy --
Fraudulent acts --
Counterfeiting --
Apostles indicted --
"Bogus Brigham" --
The Whittlers --
Government records --
A rapid exodus --
Bogus makers go west --
36. Blood flows in Utah --
Killing the thieves --
Parrish murders --
Young indicted for murder --
No protection in Utah --
37. Miscellaneous history and doctrine --
Birth control --
Compressed spirits --
Vegetable spirits --
A year's supply of food --
John Whitmer's history --
The living earth --
Changing the blood --
38. Facing reality --
Exalts the pride of man --
Church not lost --
Our own testimony --
Mormonism a shadow.
Responsibility: by Jerald and Sandra Tanner.

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