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Joseph Smith’s plain and precious truths restored: A Christian apologetic response

Hendrik G. Stoker, Paul Derengowski
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 3 | a2352 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i3.2352 | © 2018 Hendrik G. Stoker, Paul Derengowski | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 January 2018 | Published: 30 July 2018

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Hendrik G. Stoker, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa
Paul Derengowski, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa


It has been the claim of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that ‘many plain and precious truths’ have been removed from the Bible, although Smith did not explicitly or concisely elaborate on what those missing truths were. Later, Dr Clyde J. Williams of Mormon-owned Brigham Young University provided that concise list. Writing for Ensign magazine in October 2006, Williams argued for at least eight specific doctrines that were ‘restored’. Upon examination and rebuttal, it is demonstrated that the Bible remains sufficient for all matters pertaining to Christian faith and practice, as John Calvin and the Reformers concluded years ago, and is emphasised in their stance on Sola Scriptura.


Joseph Smith; Christian apologetic response


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