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“Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 2—Dialogic Revelation

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.003.0009
 “Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 2—Dialogic Revelation

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Perhaps the Book of Mormon's most important and radical contribution is a model of revelation that is unstintingly literal and dialogic. Unlike the three main Christian varieties (revelation as history, as doctrine, and as inner experience), the Mormon version emphasizes communicated content, particularism, and egalitarian access. Unorthodox implications of the Mormon version include an anthropomorphic God and an open canon. Even admitting significant parallels with 19th‐century frontier religions and some varieties of contemporary Christianity, dialogic revelation found unusually dramatic expression and exemplification in the phenomenon of the Book of Mormon itself, thus providing a powerful “revelatory appeal.”

Keywords: anthropomorphic God; dialogic revelation; egalitarianism; literalism; open canon; particularism; revelation

Chapter.  14614 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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