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America's Hermetic Prophet by Lance S. Owens This article first appeared in Gnosis: In slightly revised form, it also appears in the book The Prophet Puritan prophet It is reproduced here by permission of the author.
The Occult Connection" by Lance S. Owens — published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Fall Owens You don't know me — you never will.
You never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it; I shall never undertake it.
I don't blame anyone for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I could not have believed it myself. Founded in by the then twenty-four year old Joseph Smith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it is formally named has emerged from relative insularity during the mid-twentieth century to become a world-wide movement now numbering nine million members.
Patriotic, conservative, influential, and vastly wealthy: Despite its success and respectability, however, a fundamental crisis looms before Joseph Smith's church — and the crux of the predicament is Joseph Smith. Late twentieth-century Mormonism is being forced into an uncomfortable confrontation with its early nineteenth-century origins — an inevitable encounter given the preeminent import of the founding prophet to his religion.
From the start, Joseph Smith has been cast by his church Puritan prophet a man more enlightened than any mortal to walk the earth since the passing of the last biblical apostles.
No historical life could be granted a more mythological tenor than has his. He bares the imago Christi. He alone stands as doorkeeper to the last dispensation of time; to him angels came and restored God's necessary priestly "keys" and powers; he built the Temple and taught the ancient rituals which therein make of men and women, gods.
But now, one hundred and fifty years after his death, Smith's place in Western religious history is undergoing an important and creative reevaluation. Historians and religious critics alike are examining him anew. And in his history's newest reading, themes unrecognized by its orthodox interpreters are quickly moving to stage center.
Quite simply put, modern Mormonism — guardian of the Prophet's story — has no idea what to do with the rediscovered, historical, and rather occult Joseph Smith. Two years ago, Harold Bloom's boldly original work, The American Religion, offered introduction to this unknown Prophet.
The intrinsic and true American religion, pronounces Bloom in his widely reviewed book, is a kind of Gnosticism — alone a surprising enough declaration.
Of the man himself, he judges: Other Americans have been religion makers So self-created was he that he transcends Emerson and Whitman in my imaginative response, and takes his place with the great figures of our fiction.
Mormonism is a purely American Gnosis, for which Joseph Smith was and is a far more crucial figure than Jesus could be. Smith is not just 'a' prophet, another prophet, but he is the essential prophet of these latter days, leading into the end time, whenever it comes.
Joseph Smith a modern Gnostic prophet? Certainly nowhere within the vast domains of America religion did this proclamation cause more consternation or amazement than within its Mormon provinces and borderlands.
But Bloom a self-pronounced "Jewish Gnostic" is no casual observer; his knowledge of Gnosis and Kabbalah is tempered by vast experience critiquing the creative matrix of its vision. His thesis deserves — and is receiving — attention. Joseph Smith is taking on a new visage, and words like "gnostic", "kabbalistic" and "hermetic" have suddenly gained a quite prominent place in the vocabulary employed by those trying to understand him.
The oft-repeated orthodox version of the story — and the mythic function of that story's recounting — remains so central to the Mormon past and present that it must be heard before exploring the evolving and in turn, heretical rereading.
That story begins around when the adolescent Smith retired to a grove near his family's farm in Palmyra, New York and knelt in prayer. Troubled over his own deeply aroused religious yearnings and uncertain where to turn for sustenance, he felt compelled to petition God's mercy.
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