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Reading A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon

TitleReading A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSmoot, Stephen O.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Type of ArticleBook Review
KeywordsBook of Mormon; Doctrine; Early Church History; Non-Mormon; Reception History; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Structure; Translation

A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon is a good faith attempt to open an ecumenical conversation on the religious traditions of Pentecostals and Latter-day Saints. It is free from the acrimony, spitefulness, and dishonesty that can often be seen in the shabby literature of the Christian counter-cult. For this Thomas is to be immediately commended. Unlike many of his predecessors who have provided commentary on Mormonism, Thomas performs actual scholarship, including a close and fair reading of the Book of Mormon. It is refreshing to have a non-Mormon engage the Book of Mormon is such a manner and an encouraging sign that the academic discourse surrounding the Nephite record is improving.