Gospel Doctrine lesson 5 scheduled for early 2018 focuses on Cain and Abel, including scripture verses that have historically been used to justify the priesthood and temple ban.  In this new resource, LDS scholar Armand Mauss provides a clear guide to how Old Testament and Pearl of Great Price scriptures pertaining to Cain, Ham, Canaan, and “curses” have been incorporated into racial folklore that is hurtful and incorrect.  He writes:

The great tragedy of adopting such folklore is that it is damaging and painful to our black brothers and sisters, who are thereby being told, in effect, that their ancestry results from a covenant with Satan (Moses 5:41-54).

Armand Mauss is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Washington State University and author or editor of seven books including All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2003). He was one of the founders of the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Ruth.

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