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Ostlings - errata listErrata For:
Ostling, Richard N. and Joan K. Mormon America: The Power And The Promise. New York: Harper One. 2007.
Note that while the author of this errata sheet does not fully agree with several statements or conclusions made by the authors, these following items stood out as glaring issues regarding research and credibility, especially as this edition is supposed to have been an update of the previous edition.
#1. On page 25, it is stated that Joseph Smith was convicted in 1826 of being a disorderly person in regards to money-digging.
The controversy started in the 1970s when Reverend Wesley Walters went and stole a document relating to Joseph Smiths 1826 trial from the courthouse archives where it was located; Walters would not return the document until threatened with legal action, and so this raises the question as to whether or not Walters altered the document. In short, Walters committed a more grievous crime than what Joseph Smith stood accused of.
Ostlings - Cover LetterTo Richard and Joan K. Ostling,
Authors of Mormon America,
Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is [_____], and I have been a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly referred to as the Mormons. For the past few years, one of my hobbies has been what is commonly known as apologetics work.
I had heard a few people discussing Mormon America, with each of them praising it for being a serious and scholarly work. As I am constantly trying to learn more about my own faith, I eventually decided to splurge when I spotted a copy of the second (2007) edition at the local Borders.
To my chagrin, however, as I began to read it I started noting several instances where the material presented in the text was unclear (such as whether or not certain works were considered canon) or even incorrect (such as several instances where the material was not updated since the 1999 edition, IE the divestiture of ZCMI). I found myself sorely disappointed, as I
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