Mormonism Archive

Converting Them Softly with Their Words

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 01 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS For many years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have practiced what they call “friendshipping.” This coined word describes the attitude that Mormons are […]

Mormonism and the Authority of Scripture

Hank answers the question: Did Joseph Smith write himself into the book of Genesis in his New Translation of The

U.S. Senator Defends the Book of Mormon

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 02 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The Book of Mormon has been controversial since it was first published by Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1830. Today missionaries from the fourteen-million-member Church of Jesus Christ […]

LDS Church Acknowledges Anniversary’s Ban on Priesthood for Blacks

On June 8, 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) gave an announcement that many Mormons never expected to hear in their lifetimes. Today Official Declaration—2 is found in the back of the LDS scripture Doctrine and Covenants and is signed by the LDS First Presidency, declaring that “all […]

The Oldest Biblical Text?

In 1835 Joseph Smith, Jr., announced what he thought was the most important discovery in the history of biblical studies. It all began on July 3 when Michael Chandler brought his traveling exhibit of Egyptian mummies and papyri to the small Mormon community of Kirtland, Ohio. After examining the artifacts, Smith announced to his followers […]

Are Mormons and Muslims Apples and Oranges?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 4 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS When it comes to stereotypical caricatures, Islam and Mormonism could very well be the two religions most misunderstood in the Western world. When Islam is the […]

The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number3 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Critics and supporters agree that the veracity of Mormonism hinges on Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), the founder and first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day […]

Book of Mormon Word Change

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number3 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org A recent word change to the introduction of the Book of Mormon has once again brought attention to the question regarding the historical reliability […]

Mormonism Defenders Accuse September Dawn of Smear Campaign

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number1 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Not since Mormon historian Juanita Brooks bravely penned her groundbreaking book The Mountain Meadows Massacre has so much attention been given to the wagon […]

Is the Book of Mormon Credible?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 3 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning […]

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