The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

On this episode, we wrap up our logical deconstruction of the Book of Abraham. We focus our petrifying gaze on the essay titled, ‘Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham,’ the LDS Church’s official statement on this challenging piece of Mormon scripture. Is it merely more apologetics, or is there something special with this essay compared with other apologetic arguments for the ‘historical plausibility’ of the Book of Abraham? No, it’s just delicately worded apologetics we discussed at length last week. What more can we learn from this essay? What would it look like for the Brighamite LDS Church to disavow an historically authentic interpretation of this book and other Mormon scripture? We use the RLDS as an analogue to muse on what the Church has to lose when it comes to moving into an unorthodox and progressive stance on scripture and doctrine.


Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham

Book of Abraham and Kirtland Egyptian material

Kirtland Egyptian language and grammar

Original printing of Book of Abraham and Facsimile 1

Book of Abraham MormonThink

Lucy Mack Smith Book of Abraham ‘translation’ method

Roger Launius The Reorganized Church, the Decade of Decision, and the Abilene Paradox

Community of Christ FY2017 Budget

Community of Christ D&C 163

Current LDS Membership Statistics

Current LDS Income Statistics

LDS Self-reported Membership Statistics

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