Resurrection and Blood – Joseph Smith’s Take

Joseph Smith’s ideas about resurrection were derived like much of his teaching, from “hands on” experience combined with exegesis. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out where one ends and the other begins. Our review of favorite posts over the past year continues with Resurrection and What’s *that* in Your Veins?

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Resurrection Theory-1843

Joseph Smith was at least two people. I’m not speaking of fathers and sons with the same name, or schizophrenia qua Brodie, but the duality that lived in Smith’s intellectual life. The perfect illustration is the scriptural dictum: seek learning by study and also by faith.[1] When Joseph spoke, you couldn’t always tell what his source was. His own mind, God’s mind, or someone else’s mind. Naturally, there are folks who believe it all came out of his own head. For various reasons, I disagree (i.e., I think all three were actualized), so I want to consider the richer situation.
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Lorenzo Barnes – One of the Many – One of a Kind

Among the Charles Finney’s, Lyman Beecher’s, Alex Campbell’s and Joseph Smith’s of early American religion stood the nearly anonymous men and women who were followers or advocates. For the most part in this age of improvement, Americans seemed to be moving on from one idea to a better one, just as they moved from one place to another. But for the Mormons, a core of dedicated people made up a missionary cohort that converted the thousands who formed the Latter-day Saints into a history-making wedge of Americana.
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Resurrection and What’s *that* in Your Veins?

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians reads (15:50) “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” That together with other statements in the same chapter suggest one of many clear differences in the resurrected body and the mortal body. Combining this with the account of the gospels and the resurrected Jesus, visible, touchable, etc. (“not a spirit”) led, essentially from the beginnings of post-apostolic Christianity, to lots of explosive argument about the nature of a resurrected body. Those arguments are still on the side-burner today, and they formed a prominent place in the religion of Joseph Smith’s era. Read more of this post

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