Excerpt from The Doctrines and Dogmas of Mormonism: Examined and Refuted
The only apology the writer has to offer for presenting this volume to the public, is the consciousness that such a work is needed. It is designed as an aid to those who care to become more thoroughly acquainted with the intricacies of Mormon theology, and especially those who have only been able to study it from the outside. With few exceptions those who have undertaken to "expose" Mormonism have dealt with the follies and "grosser crimes" of the system, and have paid little or no attention to the fundamental principles upon which the Church of the Saints is based.
No writer, so far as we are informed, has ever undertaken to analyze and refute, in a thorough, systematic manner, the doctrines and dogmas of Mormonism. In this volume we have endeavored to present the doctrines of the church as they are defined by its leading minds, together with the Biblical evidences adduced in their support, and then offer such evidences from scriptural and other sources as will, in the writer's opinion, overthrow the arguments presented, and prove the entire system erroneous.
Reared in the faith of the Saints from early childhood, and having been, for twenty-seven years, a zealous advocate and defender of its peculiarities, the writer has bad rare opportunities for studying Mormonism from the inside.
The line of argument usually employed by writers and speakers to refute the Mormon dogma is of such a character as to render success almost impossible. They depend very largely upon the current belief that the prophet's general reputation for veracity was bad; and that the Book of Mormon was concocted from the old Spaulding Romance.
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