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The Worlds of Joseph Smith by John W. Welch
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Jul 27, 11

bookshelves: biography, church-history, theology
Read from April 09 to July 27, 2011 — I own a copy

Loved this book. Transcripts from the Library of Congress symposium on Joseph Smith, including speeches by a couple of my profesors (Roger Keller, David Paulsen), as well has top-notch LDS and non-LDS scholars like Bushman, Givens, Jan Shipps, Margaret Barker, and Richard Mouw, and also Elder Oaks. The symposium was divided into four segments highlighting major contributions of Joseph Smith; very comprehensive.

The last segment touched on whether Mormonism would become a major world religion. I was hoping it would address whether the challenge of the explosion of anti-Mormon material on the internet would stifle Church growth. Jan Shipps was apparently headed in that direction, when she mentioned the Church history archives being opened to Mormon and non-Mormon scholars. But she didn't go there.

Roger Keller's essay on authority and the worldwide church was very touching.

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