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Book Chapter


Religion (CGU)

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Arts and Humanities | History of Religions of Western Origin | Other Religion | Religion


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Was Joseph Smith a magician? That question has always lingered over the early history of Mormonism, but in recent years interest in the issue of magic has been renewed. The flurry of excitement over the short-lived Hofmann letters, with their evidence of a magical outlook in the 1820s, turned the attention of Mormon historians as never before to the broader scholarship of folk magic. There we have found a growing literature on an underground world of magical practices among Christians throughout the western world.

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© 1987 University of Utah Press