Book of Mormon, tradition, Joseph Smith, philosophy
Historian Richard L. Bush-man, responding to accusations that the Book of Mormon contains “evidence of nineteenth-century American political culture,” concluded that in fact “most of the principles tradition-ally associated with the American Constitution are slighted or disregarded altogether” in the book. “So many of the powerful intellectual influences operating on Joseph Smith failed to touch the Book of Mormon.”
"Patrick Henry, Gideon, and the Book of Mormon,"
Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship: Vol. 24:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/insights/vol24/iss3/3