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|Title||The Imperative for a Historical Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Blog Post|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Smoot, Stephen O.|
|Publisher||The Interpreter Foundation|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon; Early Church History; Historicity; Joseph Smith; Scripture; Scripture Study; 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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