- Publisher: Deseret Book Co (1957)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573454400
- ISBN-13: 978-1573454407
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 2.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Answers to gospel questions: The classic collection in one volume Hardcover – 1957
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Gospel related books published under the Deseret Book banner should never be equated or confused with official church doctrine, which is published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a Deseret Book publication, the title in question contains the personal opinions, beliefs, knowledge, and experience of the man Joseph Fielding Smith; not the revealed word of the Lord through his servant, Joseph Fielding Smith. Regardless of his position in the church, or that of any author publishing under Deseret Book, the publication is meant to have no more authority than that of a self help book at Barnes and Nobel.
To think otherwise results in the mistake of the reviewer here who confuses belief with doctrine. Regardless of how widely held the belief of the "mark of Cain" may have been, it was never church doctrine, nor the revealed word of the Lord among the Latter-day Saints.
A doctrinal and historical review of Joseph Fielding Smith's assertions and opinions in this book reveals instances where differing conclusions can be legitimately drawn. In essence, Smith makes some good points and offers some soundly reasoned conclusions, but all are open to argument and it's ok for the reader to disagree with him, because under the Deseret Book banner he is speaking as a flawed human being, not the Prophet of God.
Therefore, I feel it imperative to reiterate that this book should be read as a way to perhaps inform one's opinions or beliefs on certain topics, but not as the revealed word of God, nor as a doctrinal foundation. If that had been the intention, it would have been published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.