Today we continued our Mormonism series by listening to a podcast by J. Warner Wallace. I created the following youtube video to make it easier to use this in the class:
Here is the note-taking form I handed out:
J. Warner Wallace – Investigating Mormonism: Joseph Smith
- Evidence Related to Motive
- Sexual Lust
- Financial Greed
- The Pursuit of Power
- The First Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
- Evidence Related to the Timing of the Writing
- The Second Great Awakening Swept Through New York
- The Great Preachers of the Awakening Left Little Guidance
- The Culture Was Fascinated With the Origin of Native Americans
- The People of Palmyra Were Interested in Treasure-Digging
- The Second Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
- Evidence Related to the Author of the Book
- Joseph was a Local Treasure-Digger
- Joseph Used a “Seer Stone”
- Joseph Was Charged with Fraud
- The Third Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
- Evidence Related to the Translation Process
- No One Ever Observed the Plates with Their Natural Eyes
- Joseph Translated Just As He Searched for Treasure
- Joseph Was Unable to Duplicate the Lost 116 Pages
- The Fourth Point of Evaluation: What Should We Conclude So Far?
- What examples can you give of Joseph’s 3 ungodly motives (sexual lust, financial greed, pursuit of power) for creating this new movement (Mormonism)?
- Joseph was born in the midst of which great awakening? Why is this fact important?
- When did Joseph claim that polygamy was God-ordained (after what event)?
- What theory does the book “The View of the Hebrews” (by Ethan Smith) propose? Why is this relevant to Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon?
- In what way was Joseph Smith in trouble with the law while in New York?
- Who are the “3 witnesses” and why are they important to Mormonism? Did the witnesses actually see the “golden plates”?
- In what manner did Joseph Smith supposedly “translate” the book of Mormon? Were the plates present during the translation process?
- Explain the situation with the lost 116 pages of the book of Mormon and Martin & Lucy Harris. How does this help us determine whether the book of Mormon really was of divine origin?
- Should Joseph Smith be considered as a trustworthy source of truth?