Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Reading Project

I'd like to announce a new reading project that I'll be embarking on, starting today. I have recently finished assembling a rather large reading list consisting of freely available works, many of them either pro-LDS or anti-LDS, covering the period from 1728 through 1922. The list includes historical works, theological works, social works, poetry, novels, drama, and plenty more; it also includes literature, not only from the mainstream LDS Church, but from other groups descended from the original LDS movement (and, of course, works by the critics of that movement and its descendents.) All of these hundreds of works are available online at no cost.

Starting today, I will be working through them in order. This reading list will, in all likelihood, take many years. I'd like to invite any and all interested parties to join me on this journey through the history (up to 1922) of the Latter Day Saint movement in its various forms. I will continue to update this post regularly as a way to publicly track my progress. As of today (5 June 2011), I have already completed item #12 (Alexander Campbell's 1832 Delusions: An Analysis of the Book of Mormon) and item #16 (Eber D. Howe's 1834 Mormonism Unvailed). Other eccentricities in the order are largely a result of additions to the list after I started, resulting in renumbering.
  • Progress Report
  • Before 5 June 2011: #12, #16 - completed in entirety
  • 5 June 2011: #4 - finished preface and first section of first chapter
  • 6 June 2011: #4 - finished first chapter
  • 7 June 2011: #4 - finished second chapter
  • 9 June 2011: #4 - finished first section of third chapter
  • 10 June 2011: #4 - finished remainder of third chapter
  • 11 June 2011: #4 - finished fourth chapter
  • 13 June 2011: #4 - completed in entirety; #6 - finished preface and first chapter
  • 14 June 2011: #6 - completed in entirety; #7 - finished introduction
  • 17 June 2011: #7 - finished first and second chapters
  • 21 June 2011: #7 - finished third chapter
  • Late June: Computer crash results in considerable... delays, plus loss of all notes.
[Last edited: 8 August 2011]

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