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Haunted Ground: Journeys through a Paranormal America [Joseph Smith's magic dowser worldviews]
Google.com ^ | 2013 | Darryl V. Caterine

Posted on 10/30/2013 5:52:53 AM PDT by Colofornian

...Former LDS historian D. Michael Quinn...Quinn's meticulous research, enriched by his access to LDS historical archives, paints a very different picture of Joseph Smith than that recounted by church elders. According to Quinn, Smith was a man deeply influenced by the Renaissance "magic worldview" imported from Europe and kept alive in America through the folkways of British and German immigrants.

Quinn, who has since been excommunicated from the LDS, argued that the legend of the discovery of the golden plates reflected the practices and lore of early American dowsers. Had he, rather than Elder Mitchell, escorted me through the visitors' center this afternoon, the golden plates would have been likened to buried treasure, with Moroni as their spiritual guardian. Smith's visions would have been seen as standard episode in any dowser's magical hunt for lost or hidden objects. As for the seer stones, these would have been explained as typical tools of the dowsing trade in the early nineteenth century, magical devices through which the seeker received ongoing visionary information about the object of his quest.

As for Smith's particular vision of the Apocalypse, this too bears for Quinn a striking resemblance to the teachings of an obscure band of religious dowsers from Middletown, Vermont, whom local newspapers dubbed the Fraternity of Rodsmen. The Rodsmen believed that ancient Israelites had settled in America and that members of the fraternity were their true spiritual heirs...Rumors in fact circulated in Vermont at the time that Joseph Smith, Sr., father of the prophet, was a member of the fraternity...

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TOPICS: History; Other Christian; Other non-Christian; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: antichristian; dowsers; inman; lds; magicworldview; mormonism
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...Former LDS historian D. Michael Quinn...Quinn's meticulous research, enriched by his access to LDS historical archives, paints a very different picture of Joseph Smith than that recounted by church elders. According to Quinn, Smith was a man deeply influenced by the Renaissance "magic worldview" imported from Europe and kept alive in America through the folkways of British and German immigrants. Quinn, who has since been excommunicated from the LDS, argued that the legend of the discovery of the golden plates reflected the practices and lore of early American dowsers. Had he, rather than Elder Mitchell, escorted me through the visitors' center this afternoon, the golden plates would have been likened to buried treasure, with Moroni as their spiritual guardian. Smith's visions would have been seen as standard episode in any dowser's magical hunt for lost or hidden objects. As for the seer stones, these would have been explained as typical tools of the dowsing trade in the early nineteenth century, magical devices through which the seeker received ongoing visionary information about the object of his quest. As for Smith's particular vision of the Apocalypse, this too bears for Quinn a striking resemblance to the teachings of an obscure band of religious dowsers from Middletown, Vermont, whom local newspapers dubbed the Fraternity of Rodsmen. The Rodsmen believed that ancient Israelites had settled in America and that members of the fraternity were their true spiritual heirs...Rumors in fact circulated in Vermont at the time that Joseph Smith, Sr., father of the prophet, was a member of the fraternity...

1 posted on 10/30/2013 5:52:53 AM PDT by Colofornian
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This week's The OTHER World Series threads:

Posted today:
* Mormonism, Goose Bumps and the Great Falling Away [Lds chase the supernatural above its God]
* The Paranormal Basis of Mormonism [The OTHER World Series]

Earlier this week:

* WHO WAS JOSEPH SMITH? [The OTHER World Series: Mormonism's Joseph Smith and the Occult]
* Freemasonry & occult Mormonism (LDS) [The OTHER World Series: YouTube clip]
* Doctrine and Covenants: Student Manual [Mormon pub admits Romney ancestor was demon-possessed]
* 40: Mormons, Demons, and Exorcisms [The OTHER World Series]
* The Doctrine and Covenants [132:17: Non-abiding 'angels' remain with Mormon god, said Smith]

In case you missed last week's The OTHER World Series threads, here they are!

* Reviews [The OTHER World Series: 'The eyes of the dead are upon us' - ex-LDS 'prophet']
* Teachings Concerning The Spirit World [Lds: 'unseen...visitors'...from 'world beyond' close]
* Interesting Similarities between Mormonism and Spirit Release Therapy [The OTHER World Series...]
* Do Mormons Believe in Ghosts? [The OTHER World Series: 'spirits...not far from us']
* Opinion: Mormon zombies are hard to find — is Halloween fit for LDS? [The OTHER World Series]
* Is "Ghost Hunters" host Grant Wilson a member? [of the Mormon church? Yes]
* 25 years ago today - 1988 Oct.1 [Lds complete 100 million endowments for the dead in temples]
* What Is the LDS Standard For Discerning Between Spirits? [Smith: 'some revelations of the devil']
* Mormonism started by Familiar Spirits [ Demonism ] [[The Other World Series]]

2 posted on 10/30/2013 5:53:30 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
CAUTION!!: Religion-bashing ahead
3 posted on 10/30/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu
From a mormon...

George A. Smith - "If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak."

Journal of Discourses, vol. 14, p. 216 (1871)

4 posted on 10/30/2013 7:31:13 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Colofornian

THX 1138


5 posted on 10/30/2013 7:33:26 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains' obama's Americaas ord)
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To: SZonian

6 posted on 10/30/2013 7:38:01 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Colofornian
Mormon Magic Underwear Placemarker
7 posted on 10/30/2013 8:57:51 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I grew up in America. I now live in the United States..)
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