Who did Joseph Smith steal his ideas from?

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  1. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    I've heard that Mormon founder Joseph Smith actually stole a lot of his concepts from another author of his time. I believe I even recall accusations of blatant plagiarizing. Can anyone help me out here?
  2. LadyFlynt

    LadyFlynt Puritan Board Doctor

    He stole alot of things! Both physical and idealogical! He also plagerized from the KJV.
  3. A.J.A.

    A.J.A. Puritan Board Freshman

    Solomon Spaulding.

    And Isaiah. And William Shakespeare.
  4. Bladestunner316

    Bladestunner316 Puritan Board Doctor

    And Freemasonry ... etc.....
  5. SRoper

    SRoper Puritan Board Graduate

    William Shakespeare?
  6. doulosChristou

    doulosChristou Puritan Board Freshman

  7. Peter

    Peter Puritan Board Junior


    I also heard that Ellen White (7th Day Adventism) stole a lot of her bizarre ideas from Milton's otherwise good (I think?) poem Paradise Lost. And she plagerized Wylie's History of Protestantism with a few adventist adaptations.

    And I also heard John Wesley either adapted one of Agustus Toplady's works to make him look like an Arminian or he abridged it in such a way to make Toplady look like a fool.

    Cults are bad.
  8. Bladestunner316

    Bladestunner316 Puritan Board Doctor

    He stole them from Dan Rather :)
  9. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    Who was he?

    Was there any particular work involved that I might research?
  10. Presbyrino

    Presbyrino Puritan Board Freshman

  11. rmwilliamsjr

    rmwilliamsjr Puritan Board Freshman

    It's called the Spaulding hypothesis.
    check out:
    Who Really Wrote The Book Of Mormon?
    when it comes to LDS i look at the Tanners first:
    http://www.utlm.org/newsletters/no39.htm#HONESTY WITH MORMONS ON SPALDING

    the other side:
    http://www2.ida.net/graphics/shirtail/authorsh.htm --->LDS defense
    box 29, 30 have some books titles to google
    http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/response/qa/spaulding.htm --->LDS defense

    there appear to be 2 novels by Spaulding, one old one that the LDS talk about and another missing one that the Spaulding hypothesis people talk about.

    at this point i believe that it is the best idea on the literary source we have, although i wouldn't discount the 'Satan did it' angle at all. Both Smith and his family had a history of occult practices and treasure digging.

    post edit
    while googling i found:

    it is a mormon anti-tanner site that is posting lots of primary materials.
    worth a couple of hours research and maybe spydering a little. *grin*

    [Edited on 3-4-2005 by rmwilliamsjr]
  12. Michael

    Michael Puritan Board Senior

    Thanks rmwilliamsjr. I will investigate. Mormons aren't exactly the easiest to talk to, especially if you are like me and don't know much about their history or beliefs.
  13. Puritanhead

    Puritanhead Puritan Board Professor

    He stole Mormon ritual from the Masons!
  14. Wrigley

    Wrigley Inactive User

    View of the Hebrews is Spaulding's work.

    Been in a few discussion with mormons about that. They will deny it fully. Despite how similiar the ideas are.
  15. Bladestunner316

    Bladestunner316 Puritan Board Doctor

    :ditto: to Ryan
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