Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Polygamy - unscrupulous seduction
The recent explanation of how the LDS Church got involved in polygamy mentions that:
A few men unscrupulously used these rumors [of Joseph Smith marrying multiple women] to seduce women to join them in an unauthorized practice sometimes referred to as “spiritual wifery.” When this was discovered, the men were cut off from the Church.
Couldn't this also apply to Joseph? His version might look something like this:
Joseph Smith unscrupulously used his prophetic authority and a story about being threatened by an angel to seduce women to join him in an unauthorized practice sometimes called "celestial marriage." When this was discovered, he was cut down by critics and eventually a violent mob.
History is written by the winners.