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October 12, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The Mormon Church hierarchy, reacting to challenges to traditional doctrines about the Book of Mormon from its own membership, says it will not provide money to those who publicly discredit its teachings and leaders. Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, who has directed the daily business of the 5.8-million-member church for nearly 2 1/2 years for its ailing President Spencer B. Kimball, declared last weekend that the Mormon Church does not fear honest scholarship.
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October 12, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The Mormon Church hierarchy, reacting to challenges to traditional doctrines about the Book of Mormon from its own membership, says it will not provide money to those who publicly discredit its teachings and leaders. Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, who has directed the daily business of the 5.8-million-member church for nearly 2 1/2 years for its ailing President Spencer B. Kimball, declared last weekend that the Mormon Church does not fear honest scholarship.
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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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October 5, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The Book of Mormon, the scriptural cornerstone of the Mormon Church, has always had outside critics who scoffed at the supposed ancient sacred history of the Americas obtained from an angel by church founder Joseph Smith in 1827. Now, skeptical studies have been surfacing increasingly from within the church. The research challenges to the credibility of the Book of Mormon are prompting church officials to downplay the significance of the findings.
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