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Title Volume 05, Number 3, Autumn 1970
Subject Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Description Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Date 1970
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Source Dialogue: Vol 5 No 3
Article Title The Manipulation of History: Can We Manipulate the Past? By Fawn Brodie
Description Reviews THE MANIPULATION OF HISTORY Marvin S. Hill "Can We Manipulate The Past?" by Fawn Brodie. First Annual "American West Lecture," Hotel Utah, Salt Lake City, October 3, 1970. Copies available from "The Center for Studies of the American West," University of Utah, $1.00. Marvin S. Hill, the author of a forthcoming book on Joseph Smith, teaches History at B.Y.U. On one occasion in Kirtland, Ohio, when the congregation was told by an elder that the Latter-day Saints must be bound by the written word of God, Brigham Young responded that he would not be circumscribed by written scripture. Alluding to the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, he said, "When compared with the living oracles those books are nothing to me." Joseph Smith nodded his agreement and said, "Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he has told you the truth." For the student of Mormonism, Brigham's affirmation is instructive. While Mormons venerate their sacred books, and read them (especially when the stake president assigns a chapter for an approaching conference) the final word comes not from any scriptural passage but from the living oracles. The Saints hang more upon the words of their prophets than upon the canons of the written law. This is one reason it may make little difference to them if they are told that some of the divine books have been altered, or even that the accepted view of the origin of one of their books might have to be revised. Like the American people generally, the Mormons have a very strong presentist and futuristic orientation. In some situations this proves a source of strength. Yesterday's mistakes and revisions seem insignificant when compared with the advantage of social stability which derives from waiting upon the word of the Lord. In light of Mormon presentism, it seems unlikely that Fawn Brodie's recent address at the first annual "American West Lecture," delivered at the Hotel Utah on the evening of October 3, 1970, will have great effect upon the people of Zion. Author of a well-known biography of Joseph Smith and currently Senior Lecturer in History at U.C.L.A., Mrs. Brodie
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