Joel B. Groat

The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text & Commentary
by Michael Marquardt — A collection and study of the original texts of Joseph Smith's revelations. Includes historical background and changes made to the revelations, as well as commentary on the significance of the alterations by contemporaries of Smith and Marquardt himself. Revelations are arranged chronologically and thoroughly documented.
The LDS Church's most recent statement on Race and Priesthood repudiates doctrines taught for over one hundred years and raises questions about LDS authority and reliability.
Mormon America
A set of ancient-looking bell-shaped plates provides another test of Joseph’s ability to translate unknown languages.
WWCB series (Why We Can't Believe)
New Mormon Challenge


Introductory article on biblical archaeology, addressing some common questions about the historical reliability of the Bible.

Book Reviews on Mormon Polygamy

In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith
An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries & Journals of Joseph Smith


This paper examines the culture, credibility and relevance of the testimony of the eleven men the LDS Church presents as witnesses to the Book of Mormon. It draws extensively from early sources, both Mormon and non-Mormon, in an attempt to provide an honest and balanced portrayal of the Witness phenomenon.

More Resources on Polygamy

Details several telling parallels between Warren Jeffs, a notorious modern polygamist, and Joseph Smith.

The Joseph Smith Translation

Smith did his own "inspired" revisions to the King James Bible, claiming to restore it to its original purity. How does his work measure up to ancient Bible manuscripts?


Evidence the Mormon Church is willing to mislead the general public and its potential converts.
Is it possible that President Hinckley was not intimately aware of these distinctive doctrines of Mormonism that trace back all the way to Joseph Smith?
H. Michael Marquardt & Wesley P. Walters, Inventing Mormonism: Tradition & the Historical Record
by Michael Marquardt & Wesley P. Walters — A meticulously documented study of Joseph Smith's early years, leading up to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the founding of what became the Mormon church.
A Gathering Of Saints
by Robert Lindsey — This gripping book is the best overall telling of the Hofmann forgery / murders story. It provides a candid look at the involvement of high ranking Mormon leaders in the purchasing and suppressing of documents deemed threatening to the Mormon Church.
John Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
by John Krakauer, 2003, 373 pages — True story of Dan and Ron Lafferty, two Fundamentalist Latter-day Saint brothers who murdered their sister-in-law and her baby claiming they got a revelation from God to kill them. Insightful look at the Mormon and FLDS views of revelations and the dangers of revelation that is not open to critique or reason.
Will Bagley, Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows
by Will Bagley — A major new study of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been less than candid about his Mormon beliefs. Just what does he as a faithful Mormon believe?
An overview of the evidence that call into question Joseph’s status as a true prophet of God.
Early Mormon Documents Volume 1
The evidence of Joseph Smith's close connection to occultism and Freemasonry, and how this influenced the origin and development of the Mormon Church is not well known outside of scholarly circles.
David L. Bigler, Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847-1896
by David L. Bigler — After years of conflict in Missouri and Illinois, the militant millennial movement went to the Great Basin of North America, then in Mexico, to establish the Kingdom of God as an earthy state.
Why an awareness of sin is always to our spiritual advantage.

Book of Mormon Text

New Approaches to the Book of Mormon
Brent Metcalfe, ed.— Ten contemporary Mormon writers grapple with challenges to the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
Studies of The Book of Mormon
The long-suppressed work of Mormon General Authority B. H. Roberts, who in his later years came to question the historicity of the Book of Mormon, after a life-time as its greatest apologist.

By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus

By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus

Mormon Temples and Ordinances

Some have been troubled by information showing that Lucifer plays a role in the LDS endowment rites.