By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT)
Note: This article is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective.
If you ask me, Michael Ash is one of the most valuable voices in the kingdom of God today. As critics attempt to tear the Church down by attacking its foundational claims, Ash continues to display strong and compelling evidence supporting those same claims. Always quick to acknowledge that testimony comes from faith in God and a spiritual witness by the Holy Ghost, Ash isn’t looking to prove anything. Rather, his mission is to demonstrate the overwhelming evidence supporting modern-day prophets, additional scripture, and the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
In Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith, Ash refutes anti-Mormon attacks on Joseph Smith’s latter-day calling, citing archeology, academic scholarship, historical records, theology, linguistics, and more. With topics ranging from Old World and New World evidences for The Book of Mormon, Egyptology and the Book of Abraham, the presence and use of sacred clothing and temple ordinances in the original Church of Jesus Christ, and much more, the book is both intellectually fascinating and spiritually satisfying. Ash makes a compelling case that Joseph was exactly who he claimed to be, a prophet and apostle of the Savior. Like Ash’s other book, Shaken Faith Syndrome, Of Faith and Reason is a must-read for Gospel scholars and humble seekers of truth.
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