Natural Born Seer

Natural Born Seer

Like all of God’s prophets, Joseph Smith perceived the divine word largely through the prism of his own experience. It was not necessary for him to convert followers to a new world view. He needed only to tap into powerful undercurrents of popular belief that enabled ordinary people to reach beyond themselves.

Beyond venerating Smith as an inspired prophet or villainizing him as a duplicitous criminal, Van Wagoner’s insights create a delicate balance that humanizes Smith while allowing for the possibility of divinity, reinforcing his belief that “truth can only be strengthened by serious-minded investigation.”


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February 17th, 2017

Mormon History Nerd News

ATTENTION MORMON HISTORY NERDS The latest review of Natural Born Seer by Benjamin Park is delightfully honest in identifying the book’s intended audience: Mormon history nerds. “Who, after reading classics in the field, are ready to make a deeper dive into Joseph Smith’s life. This is the Mormon history book for the Mormon history nerds.

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February 3rd, 2017

Mormon Studies News: Impossible Resolutions Edition

MORMONIEST PLACE ON EARTH Plans to develop Deseret—the church-owned cattle and citrus ranch in Florida— into a massive city and planned community leaves environmentalists and civil engineers concerned about water shortages and habitat preservation.  In a two-part story on the church’s property holdings, the Guardian’s Claire Provost investigates the LDS Church and its role in

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