Joseph Smith's Seer Stone
Since it seems everyone else in the world has a blog (or two), including my 3-year old nephew and the homeless guy who lives by the back dumpster, it’s been long overdue for me to start one of my own.
“What is Seer Stone” you ask? Anyone familiar with Mormonism in any way–even if only through the South Park episode “All About Mormons”–already knows that seer stones were commonly used by Joseph Smith and other early Mormons to receive their revelations from God. This blog will not focus solely on Mormonism, although it will heavily document another project of mine in the works pertaining to the Book of Mormon. The actual point of Seer Stone, however, is really to critically analyze a wide range of scriptures from various world religions, to uncover how different believers determine their canon, how they view revelation and divine inspiration, and how they determine what makes a writing scripture.
Most people, even religious people, don’t understand the fundamental differences between how different religions see their own scriptures. Fundamentalism, for instance, has given Christianity a flawed understanding of its own scriptures, which has made Protestantism particularly vulnerable to Mormon proselytization (but more on that later).
Who am I? First of all, I’m an amateur theologian, not a scholar, so this blog won’t delve too deeply into archeology or original languages (except for the Book of Mormon, which sorry, was originally written in English). If you haven’t guessed by now, Seer Stone will not be pro-Mormon; if you’re that closed-minded to criticism then that’s your cue to exit now. It will not, however, be aggressively anti-Mormon; in fact, I hope to illuminate some of the literary value that Mormons overlook in their agenda-driven ambition to want to believe the Book of Mormon as a literal, historical, or scriptural account. While every topic will be covered from a Christian perspective, I anticipate many Christians will find some controversial topics challenging or even uncomfortable. Some other topics I hope to cover on Seer Stone may include:
- The Apostle Paul and the Buddha’s last words
- Moses and the Baghavad Gita
- Harmony of the Gospels (I wish I had tracked this on a blog when I did this project before)
- Harmony of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles
- Questionable books in the Christian canon
- Source material of the Qur’an
- and, hopefully, any topics by request.
So even if you’re not a Mormon enthusiast, if you’re interested in any religion or even atheism, there should be something to interest you or discuss here.