Joseph Smith Rough Stone Rolling
While many "experts" continue to view Joseph Smith as a controversial figure, renowned scholar (and Latter,day Saint) Richard Bushman locates Joseph in his historical and cultural context, fleshing out the many nuances of nineteenth,century American life that produced such a fertile ground for emerging religions. While this book stands in the intersection of faith and scholarship, it does not avoid the problematic aspects of Smith's life and work, such as his practice of polygamy, his early attempts at treasure,seeking, and his later political aspirations. In the end, Smith emerges as a genuine American phenomenon, a man driven by inspiration but not unaffected by his cultural context.
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