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The Book of Mormon, A Biography

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Lives of Great Religious Books, Princeton University Press March 2012, 280 pages, $24.95, small size – 4 ½ W by 7 ½ H
ISBN: 9780691144801, includes 23 halftone B/W photos
ISBN for the eBook (same price): 9781400841615
Paul C. Gutjahr, Professor of English, Indiana University

Introduction
This is a book about a book. That’s not unique but the subject of the book is very unique. The Book of Mormon launched a religious movement. It is an influential book, a controversial book, a best-selling book (150 million copies) and a well-read book. It has a lot of history (182 years), has been translated into over 100 languages and has survived intense scrutiny and criticism.
The book has inspired countless pieces of art, poetry and music and has been the subject of numerous movies and plays, most recently the successful Broadway musical of the same name. It is a part of the daily spiritual life of millions of people, considered a sacred text, holy writ comparable to the Bible or the Koran, present…

The Devil And His Angels

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This is part two. You may want to read "Dealing With Evil and Unclean Spirits" first. In order to be a son of perdition, you must have been born. In other words, you must have been mortal. Perdition, a name which means lost, is Satan, Lucifer or the Devil. However, those who followed him in the spirit world, and thus were cast out with him to this earth, are not sons of perdition, as we define it in the church. Yes, Bruce R McConkie taught that to be a follower of Satan in the pre-earth life was to be a son of perdition. I admit that following Lucifer in rebellion can be a form of son-ship. Satan for them became their father. They would not have God to be their father. However, this definition of the phrase is not what Joseph taught. Lucifer became the devil because he committed the unpardonable sin. That sin is to deny the Holy Ghost, meaning that you come out in open rebellion against God and seek to destroy him and his work, after he has revealed himself and His Son to y…

Dealing with Evil and Unclean Spirits

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I have written about this subject numerous times. It might be helpful to browse through a few of those essays to get some background. In the earlier posts you’ll find what I’ve been taught on the subject, what I’ve experienced and what I now believe. With this essay I reach far back into my youth in an attempt to provide evidence of things not seen but which are true. 8 Dec 2007 –The Influence of the Adversary Today
7 May 2008 –Pondering About the Spirit World
22 May 2008 –The Reality of Satan and Evil Spirits
5 June 2008 –Another Visit to the Spirit World
21 June 2008 – The Near-Death Experience of an Apostle
21 June 2008 –Brigham Young Teaches About Evil Spirits
6 Oct 2008 –Born That Way – Not a Choice
18 Oct 2008 –Speak of the Devil
20 May 2012 -Addictions and Disembodied Spirits
7 July 2012 -Deceived by an Angel of Light
In general, I think we as a people are na├»ve and uninformed about the reality of evil spirits. We either tend to deny their existence altogether or refuse to dea…