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August 10, 1991 | VERN ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
To his critics, George D. Smith is a shadowy figure of considerable wealth bent on reshaping Mormonism by digging through its past. To colleagues, he's a shy man of principle in pursuit of truth. So who is George Smith really? As president of Signature Books, an independent publisher of Mormon-related history and literature, Smith says he is committed to unfettered historical inquiry.
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November 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
A graduate student with Mormon family roots says he probably will be excommunicated next week for articles he has written questioning the validity of the Book of Mormon. Thomas W. Murphy, 35, published an article in the May Signature Books anthology, "American Apocrypha," which uses genetic data to discredit the Book of Mormon claim that American Indians are heathen descendants of ancient Israel. The conclusion also is the thesis of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington.
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November 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
A graduate student with Mormon family roots says he probably will be excommunicated next week for articles he has written questioning the validity of the Book of Mormon. Thomas W. Murphy, 35, published an article in the May Signature Books anthology, "American Apocrypha," which uses genetic data to discredit the Book of Mormon claim that American Indians are heathen descendants of ancient Israel. The conclusion also is the thesis of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington.
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August 10, 1991 | VERN ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
To his critics, George D. Smith is a shadowy figure of considerable wealth bent on reshaping Mormonism by digging through its past. To colleagues, he's a shy man of principle in pursuit of truth. So who is George Smith really? As president of Signature Books, an independent publisher of Mormon-related history and literature, Smith says he is committed to unfettered historical inquiry.
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May 7, 1989 | BRYCE NELSON, Nelson, a USC journalism professor, has written extensively about the American West
The pot that document forger Mark William Hofmann brought to a boil by killing two people with bombs on Oct. 15, 1985, in Salt Lake City is still simmering for the Mormon Church. Three books on this fascinating case have been published in recent months, and television specials have appeared. The biggest electronic treatments, a four-hour CBS miniseries and a 20th Century Fox film, are in the works. The Washington Post has reported that some Mormons are trying to tone down the CBS miniseries which is partly based on "The Mormon Murders," a rather sensationalistic account by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
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December 29, 1991 | Mary Herczog
BREEDING LEAH AND OTHER STORIES by John Bennison (Signature Books: $19.95; 168 pp.). A farm sow eats her own young. A young man's religious mania turns to genuine lunacy. A scientist rejects the poison he has been creating and retreats from the world, waiting for his sins to catch up with him. A dutiful family man engages in adultery.
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December 8, 2002 | William Lobdell and Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writers
Anthropologist Thomas W. Murphy set out to test a key principle of his Mormon faith with the latest technology. He wondered: Would DNA analysis show -- as taught by the Book of Mormon -- that many American Indians are descended from ancient Israelites? His finding: negative. The result: excommunication -- if a church disciplinary panel today finds him guilty of apostasy. The sacred writings of many faiths make claims that might not stand up to scientific tests.
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February 13, 2002 | CAROLYN WYMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics are going for the gold, their Utahan hosts will be going for the green. That is, green as in lime Jell-O--the nonsponsoring, unofficial food of choice in the home of the Winter Olympics. Salt Lake City is America's Jell-O-eating capital. Every man, woman and child in Salt Lake City buys two boxes of the stuff annually, or twice the national average, says Mary Jane Kinkade of Jell-O brand gelatin-maker Kraft Foods.
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February 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn, the author of controversial articles dealing with polygamy and the role of women in the church, says he is being investigated by the church for apostasy. Quinn said Wednesday he had received a letter from his ecclesiastical leader, Stake President Paul A. Hanks, urging a meeting before Quinn left Salt Lake City. Quinn was to move to California this week.
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June 2, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Most Mormon Church members quoted last month in news stories about revisions in the church's confidential temple ceremony have been summoned for interviews by church officials, it was learned this week.
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May 7, 1989 | BRYCE NELSON, Nelson, a USC journalism professor, has written extensively about the American West
The pot that document forger Mark William Hofmann brought to a boil by killing two people with bombs on Oct. 15, 1985, in Salt Lake City is still simmering for the Mormon Church. Three books on this fascinating case have been published in recent months, and television specials have appeared. The biggest electronic treatments, a four-hour CBS miniseries and a 20th Century Fox film, are in the works. The Washington Post has reported that some Mormons are trying to tone down the CBS miniseries which is partly based on "The Mormon Murders," a rather sensationalistic account by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
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May 5, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The central temple ceremony in the Mormon Church has been changed to eliminate the woman's vow to obey her husband and other elements that some members said were offensive and outdated. In the new version of the rites, women now pledge to obey God and to merely listen to the advice of their husbands.
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June 19, 1993 | VERN ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
To most Mormons, the volume of scripture that defines the faith is "a marvelous work and a wonder" of ancient origin that was revealed to church founder Joseph Smith by an angel. But to Brent Lee Metcalfe and a handful of other Mormon researchers, the weight of linguistic, textual, archeological and other evidence places the origin of the Book of Mormon squarely in the 19th Century.
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