By D. Michael Quinn
This completely researched exam into occult traditions surrounding Smith, his relations, and different founding Mormons can't be understated. one of the practices now not part of Mormonism are using divining rods for revelation, astrology to figure out the easiest occasions to conceive youngsters and plant plants, the learn of cranium contours to appreciate character characteristics, magic formulation applied to find misplaced estate, and the donning of protecting talismans. Ninety-four pictures and illustrations accompany the text.
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90 Dr. Hempe, a physician to George II (r. 1727-60), was an alchemist. From 1790 to 1808 Dr. , was a practicing alchemist as governor of Connecticut from 1659 to 1676. His library contained 275 books on alchemy and the occult.
Between the past’s indisputable facts and its unknowable gaps in evidence, there is a vast terrain of the possible and probable. ” As researchers accumulate evidence about a topic, they may conclude that a signifi cant possibility has increased to a probability. ”100 My analysis also uses the indirect approach of parallel evidence. Parallelism has been a standard interpretative method in many disciplines. It has been the nearly exclusive approach of Mormon scholar Hugh W. 101 FARMS historian William J.
Nevertheless, Clarke himself waffled: “it is not at all likely that Joseph practised any kind of 2 EARLY AMERICA’S HERITAGE OF RELIGION AND MAGIC divination, yet probably, according to the superstition of those times... supernatu ral influence might be attributed to his cup” (emphasis in original). ”16 Other scholars have pointed to striking environmental parallels to Joseph’s silver cup of divination: “On the walls of the Hall of Divination in one of the buildings at Nineveh, soothsayers are shown looking into cups....