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Mormons, Joe Smith, Christians, and Polygamists

By on 10.10.05 | 3:09PM

The Mormons -- that is, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- have made the cover of Newsweek. Why are the Mormons on the cover when this isn't a slow news week (Miers, Plamegate)? It's tough to determine from the article. There's nothing particularly news-worthy, like a new apostate historian proving that Joseph Smith was a particularly skilled huckster. That said, if you're a little hazy on Mormon history, beliefs, and controversy, be sure to read this one. It sympathetically treats Mormon history and claims, but artfully tackles polygamy, whether the Indians were a lost tribe of Israel, and if the Mormons can credibly be called Christians.

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