Luke P. Wilson

The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power


Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon presents itself as an historical record of God's revelation of Himself to the human race. These historical claims have sent scholars in search of archaeological evidence for the existence of the peoples and events described in the Book of Mormon, and they make the subject of Book of Mormon archaeology relevant.
Stan Larson, Quest for the Gold Plates: Thomas Stuart Ferguson's Archaeological Search for the Book of Mormon


This article provides a careful exposition of 1 Peter 3:19-22; 4:6 and Doctrine and Covenants 138 — the major passages cited in support of this unique Mormon doctrine.

Book Reviews on Mormon Polygamy

Linda King Newell & Valeen Tippets Avery, Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

Doctrine and Teaching

In recent years, Mormon scholars have acknowledged a series of major changes in Joseph Smith's teaching on the nature of Deity - from the monotheism of the Book of Mormon, published in 1830, to the plurality of gods doctrine of Abraham chapters 4-5, published in 1842, two years before Joseph's death.


This article compares the purpose and rituals of Mormon temples with the biblical temple.
Explore the theology and function of the Biblical temple and decide for yourself.


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?
If they are separate Gods, as the Mormon Church teaches, why are these two Hebrew words used interchangeably throughout the Old Testament?

Additional Resources

from a papyrus scroll dating to Abraham's time?

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.

Mormonism and the Bible

This paper, initially presented at the 1992 Chicago Sunstone Symposium, surveys the Biblical and historical evidence relevant to the LDS Church's teaching of a total apostasy and missing New Testament books.

Other Religions

The New Age sources examined in this article explicitly claim to be modern revelations from Jesus Christ.


There are many serious objections to the claim of Joseph Smith and the LDS church that the Book of Mormon is divinely inspired latter-day scripture supplemental to the Bible. However, none are more significant than the numerous contradictions between Book of Mormon teaching and the Bible.