Tag Archive | Sidney Rigdon

History of the Bickertonites

The Church of Jesus Christ (based in Monongahela, Pennsylvania) traces its roots to Joseph Smith.  I previously discussed its most famous former member, rock star Alice Cooper.  I thought I could give a bit more history of this church and discuss basic beliefs.  Larry Watson wrote a chapter in John Hamer and Newell Bringhurst’s book […]

Debunking the Spaulding Manuscript Theory

In part 5 of my Sidney Rigdon series, I wrote that I thought I was done writing about Sidney Rigdon.  But alas, I have been given a challenge to refute the Spaulding Manuscript theory by Doug G, so it looks like I’m temporarily back to talking about Sidney Rigdon.

Sidney Rigdon, after the Martyrdom – Part 5

Ok, I know I have devoted much time to Sidney Rigdon.  I think this is the last one I’ll do for a while, though I reserve the right to change my mind.  Most people are aware that Sidney left the church (or should we say the church left him?), but few know very much about […]

Sidney and Joseph – A Strained Friendship – Part 4

With Sidney running the church in Quincy, Joseph and others were still in the Liberty Jail.  Through the first 10 years of the church, Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith seem to be in lock step with each other.  However, the Nauvoo period seems to show a few cracks in the friendship.  Were they serious?  Well, […]

Sidney Rigdon – Part 3

Ok, I’ll continue an overall review of Sidney’s life.  We last left Sidney leaving Hiram, Ohio after a serious beating.  He, Joseph, and the rest of the Saints gathered in Kirtland, where they tried to establish the Law of Consecration, making all things equal among them.   They also built the Kirtland Temple, and had many […]

Sketch of Sidney Rigdon – Part 2

Ok, I just finished the Sidney Rigdon book, and wanted to give some of my overall impressions, as well as present some information about his life.  I had intended to give an overall sketch of his life, but this post is long enough, so I will probably do this in a few parts. I like […]

Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait of Religious Excess

A few weeks ago, I read this humorous article in the Deseret News which basically said the men don’t attend book clubs. I loved this quote: “Men realize that they are only allocated a certain number of spoken words in their lifetime, so being of a cautious nature, they choose not to waste words on […]