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“Though We or an Angel from Heaven”: Evangelicals and the First Vision
|Title||“Though We or an Angel from Heaven”: Evangelicals and the First Vision|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Mouw, Richard J.|
|Journal||BYU Studies Quarterly|
|Keywords||Evangelicalism; First Vision; Interfaith Dialogue; Smith, Joseph, Jr.|
At a small luncheon gathering of evangelical and Mormon scholars during an annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion shortly after the turn of the century, Richard Bushman issued a challenge to the Evangelicals in the form of a question posed directly to me: “Is Joseph Smith possible for you?” In an essay that I published in 2009, I organized my remarks on Joseph Smith as a response to Bushman’s question.
While there is nothing that I wrote back then that I want now to retract, I have kept thinking about Bushman’s challenge. The invitation to speak at this wonderful conference gives me an opportunity to explore some further thoughts on the subject.
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