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Joseph Smith, occultism and magic

Summary: Citing Joseph Smith's experiences with folk magic, treasure seeking and seer stones, some claim that Joseph Smith's spiritual experiences were originally products of magic and the occult. Critics charge that only much later did Joseph retrofit his experiences in Christian, religious terms: speaking of God, angels, and prophethood rather than in terms of magic, treasure guardians and scrying.

Response to Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith or Search for the Truth DVD: Joseph Smith's Character: The Occult