"Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon" w/ William L. Davis
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William Davis is the author of Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon published last year by the University of North Carolina Press. It is this book that William and I discuss at length in the podcast today. 

We try to cover some of the most interesting topics in the book, Joseph Smith’s history with seer stones, his early experiences with exhorting and debate society, and aspects of 19th century sermon culture familiar to Smith that end up within the text of the Book of Mormon. Whether you believe the Book of Mormon is a translation of ancient records, or that Joseph Smith was the author, Davis’ work sheds greater light on the production process. 

William also spends time addressing common apologetics around Joseph Smith’s level of education and whether he was capable of producing a work like the Book of Mormon naturalistically. 

You can find the book at the following link: 


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