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The Imperative for a Historical Book of Mormon

TitleThe Imperative for a Historical Book of Mormon
Publication TypeBlog Post
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSmoot, Stephen O.
Date Published10/23/2013
PublisherThe Interpreter Foundation
KeywordsBook of Mormon; Early Church History; Historicity; Scripture; Scripture Study; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Translation

The Book of Mormon does not proclaim itself to be fiction. It uncompromisingly proclaims itself, and its message about Christ, to be historical fact. Although fiction about Jesus, including a hypothetically fictional Book of Mormon, may indeed be “inspiring” in a limited literary sense, such is not necessarily the same as it being inspired in a divine sense.

As Joseph Smith declared, “Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations and where is our religion? We have none.”

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