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Early Mormon theology about the divine origin and destiny of Adam may have offended contemporary Protestants, who held such ambiguities to be hallowed mysteries, but such candid new doctrine — like Adam’s spirit existing before coming to earth — gave Latter-day Saints fresh perspective on the first man.

In this interesting article in today’s Mormon Times, writer Jacob Hancock reports on a presentation at the recent summer seminar of the Mormon Scholars Foundation which, among other things, points out several specific theological teachings that brought Mormons closer to not only understanding the epic events in the Garden, but understanding themselves and their destiny.