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“Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 1—The Encounter With Biblical Christianity

Terryl L. Givens

in By the Hand of Mormon

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195138184
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834211 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513818X.003.0008
 “Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 1—The Encounter With Biblical Christianity

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Perhaps surprisingly, most readers saw the Book of Mormon as embodying – not contesting – doctrines of the Bible. Most distinctive beliefs associated with Mormonism are absent from the Book of Mormon. Mormons revere both the Book of Mormon and the Bible as scripture, but words of living prophets are also scripture. But some distinctions worth noting in the Mormon scripture are a more elaborate doctrine of atonement, Jehovah as the pre‐mortal Christ, denial of original sin and of human depravity, extensive pre‐Christian and non‐Judean knowledge of Christ, a “fortunate fall.”

Keywords: atonement; Bible; depravity; fortunate fall; original sin; prophets

Chapter.  11604 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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