The Articles of Faith : Answering Doctrinal Questions of the "Second Great Awakening"
Joseph Smith and the Doctrinal Restoration : The 34th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium
Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, BYU and Deseret Book,
Benson discusses how Joseph Smith, Jr. used the Articles of Faith to answer questions that had long plagued Christianity. In an age of increased religious interest and when dissagreements on doctrinal interpretations were splitting sects, Smith used the Articles of Faith to set standard doctrines that would unify and set apart The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Benson specifically addresses how the Articles of Faith address the Church's position on the Godhead, Adam's transgression, the balance of grace and works, salvation, authority, church organization, continuous revelation, and other topics important to Christianity.