Essay: Why Was Joseph Smith So Successful as the Founder of a Religion?
One of the students in our Apologetics Certificate Program, Drew Tacher, has written a really nice paper for the course on Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormonism). The biography is good (if you want more, purchase my book on Mormonism, “Mormonism: What Does the Evidence and Testimony Reveal? at www.ipibooks.com), but the most useful part is the last few paragraphs on what it was about Smith’s approach to creating his religion that made it so successful. There are some potentially helpful thoughts there. Joseph Smith Analysis