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Inattentional Blindness: Seeing and Not Seeing the Book of Mormon
|Title||Inattentional Blindness: Seeing and Not Seeing the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Rees, Robert A.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Type of Article||Review|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon|
Review of Earl M. Wunderli, An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us about Itself (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2013), 328pp + Appendices, Maps, and Index. Earl Wunderli, an attorney who has made a lifelong study of the Book of Mormon, concludes that the book is a product of Joseph Smith’s mind and imagination. In doing so, Wunderli marshals evidence and presents his argument as if he were an attorney defending a client in court. Unfortunately, Wunderli’s case suffers from the same weaknesses and limitations of other naturalist criticism in that it exaggerates Joseph Smith’s intellectual and cultural background and compositional skills while ignoring the Book of Mormon’s deep structure, narrative complexity, and often intricate rhetorical patterns.
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