Translating Time: The Nature and Function of Joseph Smith’s Narrative Canon*

  title={Translating Time: The Nature and Function of Joseph Smith’s Narrative Canon*},
  author={Kathleen Flake},
  journal={The Journal of Religion},
  pages={497 - 527}
  • K. Flake
  • Published 1 October 2007
  • Art
  • The Journal of Religion
Luther nailed his complaints to the door and the church fathers countered with decrees of anathema. In such exchanges of creedal statement and dogmatic restatement, most of modern Christianity has formed and reformed itself. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, wrote stories, however. Not surprisingly, then, it is a literary critic and not a theologian who labels Smith “an authentic religious genius . . . in the possession and expression of what could be called the religionmaking imagination… 
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