Mormon studies, Christianity, Joseph Smith, theology
Harold Bloom, the self-proclaimed “unbelieving Jew” and distinguished scholar, recently characterized Joseph Smith as “a religious genius,” stating that the religion Smith founded “is truly a biblical religion.” More recently, Carl Mosser has written concerning the doctrine of that religion: “Mormonism’s heresies are legion; they are also very interesting and often unique in the history of heresy.” Biblical or heretical? Of these two reactions, the charge of heresy has been far more common, especially among conservative Christian critics, who consistently draw a circle that leaves Joseph’s Mormonism out.
Paulsen, David L.
"Are Christians Mormon?: Reassessing Joseph Smith's Theology in His Bicentennial,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 45:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol45/iss1/3