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Naturalistic Assumptions and the Book of Mormon

TitleNaturalistic Assumptions and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsNovak, Gary F.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsArrington, Leonard; Brodie, Fawn; Naturalistic Writings

Gary Novak explains the problems caused by looking at religious history through naturalistic assumptions. He uses the naturalistic writings of Dale Morgan and Fawn Brodie to show that such assumptions exclude God from the writing of history, transforming the meaning of faith and eroding collective religious memory.He looks at biases created when Marvin Hill and Leonard Arrington adopt naturalistic assumptions into their writing.