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An Appreciation of the Book of Mormon
TitleAn Appreciation of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1952
AuthorsMonson, Leland H.
MagazineRelief Society Magazine
Volume39
Issue Number6
Pagination364-366
Date PublishedJune 1952
KeywordsHigher Criticism; Jesus Christ
Abstract

A lessening of belief in “the divine Christ” began in the seventeenth century. By Joseph Smith’s day “higher criticism” of the Bible, like a snake coiled, was squeezing the life blood out of Christianity. The Book of Mormon came forth to reaffirm the divinity of Christ. In 1946, the New York Times Book Review listed the Book of Mormon thirty-eighth on the list of books that have most influenced America.