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This is the second in a series of guest posts by Gerald Smith covering the release of his book Schooling the Prophet, How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration. Read the first one here. Fifteen years ago a professor friend of mine at Boston College – a Jesuit Catholic university – walked into my office and asked a puzzling question: Why did the Catholic Church not recognize Mormon baptisms? [ 1422 more words. ] http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2016/02/the-provenance-of-mormon-baptism/ ... See MoreSee Less
These three concepts exist, for most Mormons, in a tangled web. This has become especially evident in recent months as members have reacted to the Church’s new policies regarding same-sex married couples and their children that were announced in November. This discussion was stoked again following Elder Nelson’s recent remarks, leading to Dave’s post last week pondering: Policy or Revelation… [ 2353 more words. ] http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2016/01/policy-doctrine-and-revelation/ ... See MoreSee Less
I'm pleased to introduce Dr. Gerald Smith for a round of guest posts here at Times & Seasons. He will be sharing a series of posts about his new book, Schooling the Prophet, How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration (published by BYU Press and the Maxwell Institute.) I was lucky enough to be an early reader for the project, and was really struck by his unique approach to studying the Book of Mormon and how it had shaped the views and beliefs of Joseph Smith. [ 200 more words. ] http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2016/01/introducing-gerald-smith/ ... See MoreSee Less
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“For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fullness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language.” D&C 90:11 Introduction This post begins with a simple question: does the Maxwell Institute (formerly FARMS) publish scholarship that treats the Book of Mormon as an ancient text? Or, in the words of Bill Hamblin… [ 3021 more words. ] http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2015/12/in-their-own-language/ ... See MoreSee Less
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According to this, Mormon Doctrine will no longer be published.
I’m sure the Bloggernacle has nothing to say about that.
My sources inside the COB know nothing of this… It sounds like a DB decision, not a LDS Church decision.
Oh Julie. You are so coy…
In other news: eBay prices for Mormon Doctrine spike! Buy your investment copy now!
Glad I already have my copy.
@Ben, totally agree with you. DB publishes the book, not the LDS Church.
One of my favourite quotes from Mormon Doctrine:
“In the final analysis the truth of doctrine can only be known by revelation”
goodbye and good riddance.
Never owned it; never will.
I own a first edition/first printing. Ca-ching!!!
Now if only DB were a little like Kindle and could waft through the ether at night to retrieve previously sold copies …
Aside from the more serious issues, the book has simply been outdated for decades. Church organization and practice has changed immensely from the ’60s when it received its last major update. Some of the information on auxilaries, priesthood quorums, disciplinary councils, the patriarch to the church, the presiding bishopric, and church units, to name a few, haven’t been current for 30-40 years. Articles relating to the 1978 revelation were updated at that time, but nothing else was revised. The First Quorum of the Seventy for example, was organized in the mid-’70s, but you’ll find no mention of it in MD.
Elder McConkie’s writing are a must read for anyone interested in Mormon doctrine. As an apostle he provided many great doctrinal insights.
Mormon Doctrine is just one of his books. The fact it isn’t being published any longer isn’t a problem for me. I don’t refer to Mormon Doctrine has much as I do to his other books.
So, it is published by DB and not the Church. Not sure if this is all that significant since the Church tightly controls DB.
I am sure somebody else will pick it up. DB will then sell it in their stores.
He didn’t write MD as an apostle.
“So, it is published by DB and not the Church. Not sure if this is all that significant since the Church tightly controls DB.”
Sure. But if no one in the COB knows about it, it’s a DB decision.
I think most members probably have a copy or have access to one either in print or online. Book publishers print books that sell and some just have had their time in the selling sun as it were. I wonder if there is a fuss over the other books written by Church authorities that are no longer printed?
I have a copy of both the first and the second editions. Here’s my canned response that I post when an opponent of the Church tries to hold us to MD (note that it was published by BookCraft, which was acquired by Deseret Book 40 years later).
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I noticed that you quoted from “Mormon Doctrine.” Please note that the author wrote in the Preface of this book, for both the 1st and 2nd editions, “For the work itself, I assume sole and full responsibility.” He also wrote in the second edition’s Preface, “In publishing this Second Edition, as is common with major encyclopedic-type works, experience has shown the wisdom of making some changes, clarifications, and additions.”
This book was published by Bookcraft, an independent publisher then.
1) The book states that it is solely the responsibility of the author: it is not offered as authoritative for LDS doctrine
2) The author himself views the content as flexible, subject to changes.
3) It was not published by the Church nor by an entity controlled by the Church
These being true, it never is appropriate to use “Mormon Doctrine” as an authoritative source about, well, Mormon doctrine.
Canned is right, manaen. For anyone who bothered to follow the link “It’s déjà vu all over again” …
What sort of response have you gotten when inserting the same caveat into chapel discussions?
If I had a first edition of that i’d throw it on Ebay, put some new tires on the van.
By the way, if you check the dates, I think you’ll find that DB made its decision shortly after the Internet became aware of the striking resemblance between Elder Bruce R. McConkie and Senator Al Franken.
For those who mourn, the Bible Dictionary should offer a source of comfort. Most of the entries there are taken, in some cases almost verbatim, to Mormon Doctrine.
Does discontinuing this book make the Church seem more ‘progressive’?
I await the DVD. Sorry Elder McConkie__ all who let the book carry on for 52 years__share the responsibility for it’s being.
Since books have a long shelf life, Mormon Doctrine will continue to be a valued resource in my gospel library.
“Book publishers print books that sell and some just have had their time in the selling sun as it were.”
Yes, but not so much any longer. Why DB has failed to adopt now-common technologies that would keep books like this in print, I can’t understand, especially since those same technologies would help expand the market for LDS books, and help DB’s other works sell.
“I wonder if there is a fuss over the other books written by Church authorities that are no longer printed?”
Depends on the book. Mormon Doctrine had a pretty unique position — which is why Pres. McKay asked for it to be pulled out of print for several years. He was worried that even though it was McConkie’s work, it would be perceived as representing official doctrine. And for many it did.
FWIW, Mormon Doctrine will go into the public domain in 2056 (barring a change in the law). If the copyright is still with the McConkie family, it could, as suggested above, get back into print at another publisher. IIRC, it is still available electronically on Deseret Book’s online service, Gospel Link.
I doubt the book will really disappear, and any suggestion that the Church is somehow behind this move in an attempt to get rid of reliance on an outdated work needs to confront the fact that the book will still remain very available.
I believe David O. McKay’s First Presidency found over a thousand errors in McConkie (and father-in-law) Doc as noted in the Prince/Wright biography. I haven’y owned a copy since I knew everything as a missionary. Love McConkie but I wonder if he ever said, “I don’t know.”
Good-bye, and good-riddance. As important as it was, hopefully this is the beginning of a new generation of members not being raised with its many opinions as Revealed Gospel Truth.
I agree with those of you waving good riddance to Mormon Doctrine. It definitely shaped Mormon culture for decades. Perhaps now we can turn a fresh eye to the scriptures?
Even President Hinckley quoted Mormon Doctrine in General Conference.
The book is still a major force.
#25: “Good-bye, and good-riddance”. Not going to happen. It serves a need, (don’t ask me what), in the Mormon culture. Only the that culture can say good-bye to it.
Bob, while I tend to agree, I should point out that there are alternatives. ?The Encyclopedia of Mormonism served this role to a degree, and several writers have composed their own doctrinal dictionaries, such as Rulon Burton’s We Believe.
I’m not suggesting that these works have been successful in replacing Mormon Doctrine, just that it is possible that the culture could move on to another work.
This is also a possible additional explanation for Deseret Book’s action — there could be a new, similar work in process.
Love McConkie but I wonder if he ever said, “I don’t know.”
In my teens I first read parts of MD and asked my dad (who still pretty much knows everything in the world) about some of the questionable parts. For fun, he asked his friend, our neighbor, Joseph Fielding McConkie, what his dad said about some of those things. His quote, “Well, I was wrong.”