Sunday Lit Crit Sermon: John L. Herrick on Literature as Preparation

John L. Herrick

Can literature pave the way for the gospel? Have the ideas introduced in literature made the concepts of the restoration more acceptable? Without examining the question, I think most Mormons would say yes, suggesting that the inspiration of God during the enlightenment, for example, probably gave Joseph Smith the background and preparation he needed and put the right mix of ideas in the minds of potential converts.

But what about after that? Have subsequent literary authors opened the minds of readers, making the later introduction of the gospel more acceptable? And if so, which authors have done so?

How about H. G. Wells and A. Conan Doyle?

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