Early Christianity and Mormonism Page

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This page is dedicated to the comparison of Early Christianity and Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The LDS Church claims to be neither Protestant nor Catholic, but a restoration of the early Christian Church, as it existed under the direction of the Apostles. We believe this restoration was necessary because the original Church lapsed into apostasy - Christians rebelled against the Apostles and other authorities established by Christ, so God's authority was taken from the earth for a time.

The Prophet Joseph Smith is the one through whom God chose to restore His Church. However, the historical study of early Christianity was really in its infancy at the time Smith claimed to receive his revelations, so merely copying what was known about the early Church at that time to set up his own church would have been pointless. The purpose of the information presented here is to make the case that Joseph Smith restored many doctrines and practices now known to have been part of the early Church, and that at a time when not much was known about it. This, I believe, is valuable evidence for his calling as a prophet.

Disclaimer: This site is not officially connected with the LDS Church or any other organization in any way. The views presented here are those of the site owner, and anyone else he chooses to publish here.

New Book! 

It's Here! My new book, Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity, is now available for purchase. It is being published by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented evidence for the faith, and solid responses to anti-Mormon charges. You can order your copy RIGHT NOW from FAIR for $19.95. Click hereto visit FAIR's Online Store - my book is in the Publications/Books section. The Online Store is a secure site, so nobody can steal your credit card info when you order via the web. Remember also that by ordering directly from FAIR, you allow them to keep the 40% cut bookstores usually take.

The book is approximately 400 pages with over 1000 footnotes in addition to a few hundred scripture citations. Click here to view a slightly outdated outline. Several of the articles on this page are either early rough drafts or condensations of some of the sections of the book, so if this page leaves you wanting more, this book is for you! A number of people have asked me for background information on myself, so if you're one of the curious ones, Click here to read a short bio.

Back Cover Endorsements

"Barry Bickmore makes a clear case for the proposition that, in the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we really do, as claimed, have a restoration of ancient Christian teachings lost from the churches of the so-called 'mainstream.' This is an admirable book, based upon extensive reading in both the early Christian sources and secondary scholarship. I wish for it wide circulation among Latter-day Saints and beyond. I also wish I had written it."

Daniel C. Peterson, Ph.D., Brigham Young University

"An excellent and much needed study of the apostasy, I highly recommend it for accuracy, clarity and easy reading."No. I would go further. This is truly the quintessential book on the Apostasy. I could not recommend a better book for gaining a complete understanding of that monumental event in Christian history, as well as the next monumental event--the restoration of all things."

Richard R. Hopkins

"I have been interested in the comparison of Mormonism and early Christianity for many years, and I've been waiting for a book like this for just as long. This is by far the best book out there on the subject; in fact, nothing else even comes close! Barry Bickmore has done a superb job, giving literally hundreds of quotes from early Christian sources, meticulously documenting each and every subject."

Dr. Kenneth R. Taylor

"Studying early Christianity has clarified my understanding of the apostasy and deepened my appreciation for the latter-day restoration. Anyone wishing to undertake such a study will find Restoring the Ancient Church to be a tremendous resource. I look forward to owning this book and wearing out its pages, and I look forward to reading more from Barry Bickmore."

Mark Ellison

"This book will undoubtedly cause major heartburn among the many detractors of the LDS faith. It provides documented, unimpeachable evidence of the Early Christian roots of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I consider this book a 'must-read.'"

D.L. Barksdale


Early Christianity/Mormonism Articles

This site will be steadily growing, so don't despair if you can't find something here that you want to know. If you have a burning question, go ahead and e-mail me and tell me about it. If I have any answers, maybe your subject will be the next one I post! Also, I will post submissions from others if I like them.


Hey! Check out my debate with Roman Catholic apologist Steve Clifford, posted above. Almost all of my best stuff is in there (even more than is in the articles below,) and you can judge the issue after weighing arguments from both sides!


Hey! I have some fantastic information on the doctrine of God and the nature of man in my debate with Roman Catholic apologist Steve Clifford, posted above. Don't miss it!

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