Welcome to seerstone, a blog I created to document my literary journey through the Book of Mormon.
I’m not a Mormon, an ex-Mormon, or connected to the LDS church in any way, I’m just an amateur theologian who’s fascinated by textual analysis. While I also love to critically study other sacred texts of the world’s religions, like Baha’i scriptures, the Qur’an, the Baghavad Gita, and the Bible, the Book of Mormon appeals to me because it was originally written in my language, English.
If you haven’t figured it out, this blog will NOT follow the official LDS version of Mormon textual history. While much is written about the Book of Mormon all over the internet, from commentaries to polemic, I’ve found the available materials lacking in the type of literary analysis I prefer. The LDS church only seems interested in the literary qualities of the Book of Mormon to try to prove it as an authentic ancient scripture, and the opposition finds little to no value in the book. My intent is not to recycle the content that’s already out there, but provide a fresh, new look at the Book of Mormon as literature. To understand it from this perspective, it will be necessary to accept it as later than its source material and a product of the editing and redaction within it, both of which point unequivocally to Joseph Smith or/and his 19th Century contemporaries.
This position may be difficult for Mormons to accept, yet I don’t want any readers to feel this is a decidedly anti-Mormon blog; these are merely the logical conclusions from literary analysis. It is my hope that everyone, from Mormons to atheists, can come to learn about the Book of Mormon and its literary value from this journey. Feel free to provide your feedback, good or bad, just keep it civil.