Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Jan J. Martin


Alexander Campbell, Disciples of Christ Church, restoration, The Book of Mormon


In 1831, Alexander Campbell (1788-1866), the founder of the Disciples of Christ Church and leader in the early nineteenth-century religious reformation known as the Restoration, published a short pamphlet entitled Delusions: An Analysis of the Book of Mormon: With an Examination of Its Internal and External Evidences, and a Refutation of Its Pretences to Divine Authority. In the pamphlet, Campbell argued that the Book of Mormon was a linguistic hodgepodge, "patched up and cemented with 'And it came to pass' - 'I sayeth unto you'-'Ye saith unto him'-and all the King James' haths, dids and doths-in the lowest imitation of the common version:' He insisted that "it has not one good sentence in it, save the profanation of those sentences quoted from the Oracles of the living God:' For Campbell, the seventeenth-century English in the Book of Mormon demonstrated that Joseph Smith was a fraud.