Wendy tackles the recent insight from BYU researchers that Joseph’s Inspired Translation of the Bible contains hundreds of references from a popular muti-volume bible commentary by Adam Clarke, Wendy talks about types of deception and the differences between unconscious influence and copying. Are there any conclusions we can draw from this new insight? And what are the possible ramifications of this discovery in light of Joseph Smith’s claims to receive direct revelation from God, while at the same time acknowledging his interest in taking truth from wherever he found it.
“… Mormonism is truth, in other words the doctrine of the Latter-day Saints, is truth. … The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same.”5
Wendy Perry, M.Ed. LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.
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