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Interesting quote I read here: http://www.gnosis.org/jskabb1.htm

IN 1973 RLDS HISTORIAN PAUL M. EDWARDS identified a fundamental deficiency of Mormon historical studies: “We have not allowed,” says Edwards speaking of Mormon historians, “the revolutionary nature of the movement from which we have sprung to make us revolutionaries.” He continued:

The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself–or his religious commitment–in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has been primarily traditional, unimaginative, and lacking in any effort to find or create an epistemological methodology revolutionary enough to deal with the paradox of our movement. The irony of our position is that many of our methods and interpretations have become so traditional that they can only reinforce the fears of yesterday rather than nurture the seeds of tomorrow’s dreams.

Indeed – the church is based on someone asking some of the most difficult questions theology has to offer “what is real, what is true etc”, but as they say with all things like this – the truth will set you free.

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