covers all the bases
, October 09, 2006
This is a thorough survey of early Christian writings, historical documents, scripture, logic, and reason. Heavy referencing to the Ante-Nicene Fathers, which is a monster compilation of translations of the early Christian fathers. While the early fathers also had much error mixed with truth in their teachings, the purpose here was to see patterns and trends among the early writers. Many of the doctrines of the Restoration can be found in these patterns and trends. What is impressive about this is that Joseph Smith, an uneducated farmboy in the early 1800s, when none of this was available, could introduce doctrines that do have precedent in these documents, without acess to these documents, is truly a miracle. I found the scriptural arguments even more impressive, as early Christian writings were all over the place, so they can not definitively answer all the questions. However, their writings, coupled with scriptural, logical and historical arguments, present a compelling case. Again, all from a backwoods farm boy. In these 1000s of years since Christ, the best of scholars have not accomplished such a feat. If it's so easy to do, then why not? Perhaps because Joseph Smith's source material for his works were as he claimed, from a Higher Source.
About the Author
Tad R. Callister practiced law for thirty-four years in a family law firm in California, specializing in tax and business matters. He has a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in accounting, a juris doctor from UCLA, and a masters degree in tax law from New York University. He has served in the LDS Church as Area Authority Seventy, bishop, stake president, and regional representative, and currently serves as president of the Canada Toronto East Mission. He is the author of the bestselling book The Infinite Atonement.