Friday, May 16, 2008

Was The Book Of Mormon produced by occult means?
1. Did Joseph Smith Use crystals or another mean to produce the book of mormon.
2. Why isn't the Archangel Moroni not in the bible.
3. Are there contradictions between the book of mormon and the Doctrines and Covenants.
4. Is Mormonism a christain religion

1. What everyone's saying about the Urim and Thummim is part of the story. I don't think that was an occult practice. But while there are accounts of others having seen this translating device, that apparently was not the primary method Joseph used. He owned a seer stone which he put in a hat, then put his face in the hat and dictated the translation. Elder Russell M. Nelson has quoted this account in the Ensign, in case any Mormons are still unaware and think I'm making it up.

So that's a long way of saying yes, I suppose you could call that "occult means," but you're really stretching the definition there. Seer stones were not uncommon, and mysticism was a part of the culture in upstate New York at the time. Most scholars who aren't trying to sensationalize would maybe call it "folk magic."

2. The Archangel Moroni? Sorry, this question makes no sense. Mormons never claimed that about Moroni.

3. Maybe you should make this its own question and point out what you feel the contradictions are. Mormon doctrine was certainly evolving and growing in its early years.

4. No offense, but I wish mainstream Christians would stop being so petty about sharing the name "Christian" with Mormons. Mormons do consider themselves Christian. Let. it. go.

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