I'm well aware of this, but the only uneducated people who tend to produce this kind of thing are idiot savants, which Joseph Smith was clearly not.DarkJedi wrote: ↑30 Nov 2018, 06:03I'm an educator by trade. Education does not equal intelligence, nor does intelligence equal education. I have known some very smart uneducated people in my life and at the same time known educated people who can't find their ways out of a paper bag.SamBee wrote: ↑29 Nov 2018, 14:14It would have been extremely tough for JS to have written it. Yes, there are Biblical quotes in it, but for someone of his age and background... I was probably far more educated than Smith at the age he produced it. I'd still struggle to write anything like that today.
If you have education it is far easier to produce work of this nature. The Book of Mormon, despite its detractors, includes literary forms and structure, and a large number of characters. Many professional novelists have to do a huge amount of planning to produce something considerably less complex.
Detractors have claimed that JS just plagiarised the Bible and other works. There is a lot of Biblical material in there, but also new material. There are story arcs which persist through large sections and so on. It doesn't match the forms of oral literature although there are elements in there.
The other matter is the length of time taken to produce it, which seems remarkably short.
Whichever way you look at it, it would have been hard to produce, especially given how much more expensive paper was. And most folk would struggle to produce anything like that today.