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Washington Post: Cut-off date for revelation?

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

The Washington Post's On Faith blog featured modern revelation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Once again The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the topic of the Washington Post's On Faith blog, written by Sally Quinn.

In her post, Quinn discusses the prevalence of revelation in ancient religion, but how crowds wouldn't buy those same stories if they came out today — pointing to the orgins of the Book of Mormon and Latter-day prophets.

"The problem for Mormons is that their prophet, Joseph Smith, discovered golden tablets in New York in 1827 which had inscribed on them the Book of Mormon. That seems to be, for a lot of people, a little bit too recent."

"So what’s the cut off?" Quinn asked. "How long ago, at what date, is it believable that a prophet can actually appear and receive the word of God? Clearly, 1827 for at least 20 percent of our population is not long ago enough."

Quinn then touches on what LDS Church members do believe about modern revelation and how many facets of LDS Church religion, even revelation, are comparable to other religions today.

Email: tackerman@desnews.com

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