Book of Mormon/Authorship theories

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Secular authorship theories for the Book of Mormon

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An overview of secular authorship theories for the Book of Mormon

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The Spalding Theory of Book of Mormon authorship

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The View of the Hebrews theory of Book of Mormon authorship

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Theories that the Book of Mormon essentially "wrote itself" with no help from Joseph Smith

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Grant Palmer's "Golden Pot" theory related to the story of Moroni's visit

Summary: Former LDS Church Education System (CES) teacher Grant Palmer argues that Joseph Smith developed his story of visits by Moroni and the translation of a sacred book from The Golden Pot, a book by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann.

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Critical theories that Sidney Rigdon was a Book of Mormon author or co-conspirator

Summary: Some claim that Sidney Rigdon authored the Book of Mormon, and conspired with Joseph Smith well ahead of time to compose it and start a religion.

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Book of Mormon authorship

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