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Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Nauvoo Polygamy/Assumptions and presumptions
Nauvoo Polygamy: Assumptions and presumptions
A FairMormon Analysis of: Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Nauvoo PolygamyA work by author: George D. Smith
Familiar anti-Mormon arguments
- It is claimed that Joseph "was familiar with nineteenth century writer Thomas Dick..." (p. 7) This is a well-known accusation made by Fawn Brodie. See Was Joseph Smith's theology influenced by the writings of Thomas Dick?.
Joseph's guilt is always assumed
Joseph is simply assumed to be guilty of any offense.
- He is even "haunted by the suspicion, which followed him from place to place, that he crossed moral boundaries in his friendship with other women." (p. 28)
- In Illinois Joseph "was still hunted by law officials for old offenses." (p. 34)
- The author assumes that Joseph "went about courting" various women, despite the total lack of evidence that any "courtships" occurred. (p. 54)