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By the Hand of MormonThe American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513818X.001.0001

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“Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 2—Dialogic Revelation

“Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 2—Dialogic Revelation

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(p.209) Eight “Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 2—Dialogic Revelation
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By the Hand of Mormon
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Terryl L. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019513818X.003.0009

Perhaps the Book of Mormon's most important and radical contribution is a model of revelation that is unstintingly literal and dialogic. Unlike the three main Christian varieties (revelation as history, as doctrine, and as inner experience), the Mormon version emphasizes communicated content, particularism, and egalitarian access. Unorthodox implications of the Mormon version include an anthropomorphic God and an open canon. Even admitting significant parallels with 19th‐century frontier religions and some varieties of contemporary Christianity, dialogic revelation found unusually dramatic expression and exemplification in the phenomenon of the Book of Mormon itself, thus providing a powerful “revelatory appeal.”

Keywords:   anthropomorphic God, dialogic revelation, egalitarianism, literalism, open canon, particularism, revelation

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