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Paul speaks of prophets and prophecy as something that is needed until there is religious unity Eph. Is there no longer a need for edification? Paul knew that the world, with its emphasis and reliance on human wisdom, would work to quench spiritual gifts and despise prophecy. But he said, "Quench not the Spirit" and "Despise not prophesyings" in 1 Thess.
In light of the New Testament record, if there is any church on earth that can legitimately be called the Church of Jesus Christ, it must have apostles and prophets. And those who deny prophecy do not understand the scriptures.
This common teaching is popular, but simply not Biblical. Christ actually said that there would be prophets after him, whom he would send, and established the principle of continuing, modern revelation to apostles and prophets to guide his Church.
The same is repeated in Luke Not only would Christ send prophets, but He would expect His followers to receive His prophets as His messengers Matthew However, Christ did warn that false prophets would come e.
If there were to be no more prophets, He should have simply said so. Instead, He warned against false prophets and gave clues on how to distinguish them in Matthew 7: The fruit of the Book of Mormon is tangible, hard evidence - not hearsay, slander, or rumor - which has been a proofstone available to all the world to examine the prophetic claims of Joseph Smith. Most of the ministers of the "mainstream" Christian world insist that there are to be no more prophets, but the absence of prophets and apostles is one of the surest indications that a general apostasy from the original Gospel had occurred.
The original Church of Christ not only had apostles and prophets, but had such as its foundation, at its very core, as we read in Ephesians 2: Without the guidance that comes from revelation to God's anointed leaders, even a community of believers may be tossed about by every wind of doctrine, drifting like a ship without a rudder. For example, the early loss of apostles and prophets due to apostasy from within and persecution from without led to a situation where basic doctrines became clouded, confused, and perverted.
The introduction of infant baptism is one example. Soon basic doctrines about the nature of God became replaced with ideas more palatable to the Hellenized thinking of the 3rd and 4th centuries.
The reality of the physical, tangible, resurrected body of Christ was dissolved by councils of debating men who preferred abstract, Platonic "forms" over the "unsophisticated" idea of a God who actually looked like man, in whose image we were literally created. The idea that God and Christ were one in purpose yet separate beings see John Those who were taught and believed such doctrines were still Christians, certainly, if they accepted Christ, but there were truths and principles that were missing.
These truths and principles have been restored - and it required specially called, authorized, and ordained prophets of God such as Joseph Smith.
God has always worked through apostles and prophets, and has not changed in that regard. If there are no prophets, then something is missing. Besides the apostles named in the New Testament whose body of 12 was meant to be maintained, as seen by the selection of Matthias to replace the deceased traitor Judas, Acts 1: Did Paul say prophecy had ended with Christ? In fact, prophecy was a gift of the Spirit had among the Christian community, as Paul indicates in 1 Cor. Amazingly, some modern critics charge that a belief in prophets after Christ makes Latter-day Saints non-Christian.
While the word "Christian" is not defined in the Bible, it is used in 3 places. One is in Acts 11, where we learn that believers in Christ were first called "Christians" in Antioch. One of the key features of these Christians was that they accepted and heeded prophets who came among them - and this was after the Ascension of Christ.
Look at Acts In the above passage, prophets apparently Christian from Jerusalem came and prophesied of a coming famine, and the Christian community in Antioch apparently accepted and responded to the message of those prophets by sending relief to their brethren in Judaea.
The saints members of the Church in Antioch were Christian, and had prophets, after the coming of Christ. Later in Acts In my opinion, accepting living prophets from God is a vital part of true Christianity, rather than a sign of paganism. The presence of living prophets is a sign of God's work underway, rather than a sign of evil. It is the absence of apostles and prophets, and continuing revelation itself, that is cause for concern among the mainstream Christian churches, as good and noble as many of them may be.
Without continued revelation through anointed servants, these churches are like ships without a rudder, depending on human logic and debates among scholars to settle issues and provide guidance. No wonder there is such a huge range of ideas among Christian churches on moral and theological issues.
But that something has been restored, and the Book of Mormon provides the solid evidence to back the claim. This is a fair question. The Restoration relied on lots of intensive revelation to restore the Church and get it moving forward, along with new scripture, priesthood authority, offices and structure, the Temple, etc. Once Joseph's work was largely done, there was less need for major canonized revelation, but revelation definitely continued, definitely continues, and yes, there have been canonized revelations and other major revelations since Joseph's day.
Miracles and gifts of the Spirit still occur, though they are not designed for mass consumption nor are they generally broadcast for the entertainment of the masses.
These are sacred, spiritual experiences that are generally kept personal and quiet. But it's a mistake to think they are gone or that our current leaders are just a bunch of administrators without spiritual gifts and power. Recent examples of revelation include the revelation on the scope of the priesthood, ending former restrictions on the priesthood.
More recent teachings on the family in the Proclamation on the Family can fall into that category. Does the Bible teach the prophets are infallible? In some cases, we find prophets who sinned and were derelict in their duty, such as the prophet Jonah, who fled from a difficult assignment.
Prophets are mortals who receive the gift of prophecy from time to time, as God directs. Not all they do or say will be inspired. For Latter-day saints, we are not accountable to believe all that any Church leader ever said, but only those things which have been accepted and approved by consent of the leadership bodies of the Church - in a way similar to the way the Biblical canon was established. Not every word of Peter, James, and Paul, for example, was necessarily sacred, and some of them even made mistakes.
But there were times when the power of God moved them to write scripture which others were inspired to recognize as scripture. Moses wished that all his people could have the spirit of the Lord upon them enough that they could also act as prophets Numbers Having the Spirit of God move you from time to time does not make you perfect.
Being a chosen and ordained prophet does not make every opinion true, nor does it make one superior in every area of knowledge. Dummelow not LDS described the authors of the Bible in terms that ought to be applied, in all fairness, to Joseph Smith as well:. Dummelow, One Volume Bible Commentary , p. Latter-day Saints do not believe in infallible prophets whose every word must be true. That's the standard for official Church doctrine and official prophecy. Finding someone who alleged to have heard a random statement from Joseph Smith does not make it binding prophecy or doctrine.
Not even an appearance of the President of the Church on the Larry King show is going to result in official doctrine that Church members must live by. It may be entertaining, it may even be uplifting, but if the Lord wants to give His people new revealed doctrines for which we are to be held accountable, Larry King will not be part of the process.
For more information, Michael T. Griffith has a useful article, " Vindicating Prophecy: Also see the Web page, " What is Official Doctrine? Finally, consider the statement from the Church, " Approaching Mormon Doctrine ," where we are reminded that Church leaders may sometimes express personal opinions, not genuine doctrine, and that there are official sources we should look to for genuine doctrine:.
This doesn't exactly say that one mistake makes a false prophet. Harper and Row, , p. The problem with applying Deut. Moreover, God sometimes appears to reverse certain prophecies, as He says He is free to do in Jeremiah Be careful in how you apply Deut. There are examples where a true prophet prophesied something which did not happen as he stated, to the best of our knowledge. An example is found in the story of Jonah, who was told by God to prophesy to the people of Nineveh.
Jonah prophesied that the people would be destroyed in 40 days Jonah 3: God changed things, however, when the people repented and He chose to spare them - much to the chagrin of that imperfect yet still divinely called prophet, Jonah. Jonah, in fact, was "displeased In spite of an "incorrect" prophecy and in spite of the obvious shortcomings of Jonah, he was a prophet of God and the Book of Jonah in the Bible is part of the Word of God.
Yet if that sacred text had been lost, only to be restored by Joseph Smith, perhaps as part of the Book of Mormon, it would be assaulted as the most damning evidence against Joseph Smith. Just imagine how the critics would dismiss the Book of Jonah as being evil, contradictory, ludicrous, anti-Biblical, unscientific, and unchristian of course, there are plenty already who reject it as it is, unable to believe major parts of the story. The prophet Ezekiel provides another example of how true prophets may err or give prophecies of uncertain accuracy.
In Ezekiel chapters 26, 27, and 28, we read that Tyre a fortified island city would be conquered, destroyed, and plundered by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The riches of Tyre would go to Babylon Ezek. Nebuchadnezzar's army did lay siege to Tyre, and its inhabitants were afflicted, apparently so much that they shaved their heads bald, as prophesied in Ezek.
However, the year Babylonian siege apparently was not quite as successful as Ezekiel had predicted, perhaps because the land-based tactics of Babylonian sieges were less effective against a fortified island city with significant maritime power. The result of the siege may have been a compromise or treaty rather than total destruction and plunder, for Ezekiel Almost as if in compensation, the Lord now announces that He will give Egypt to the Babylonians, which is the theme of chapter Here are verses Yes, Tyre was eventually destroyed, but its complete destruction apparently did not occur during the Babylonian siege, and certainly the Babylonian army did not get the riches of Tyre as has been prophesied.
It is Ezekiel himself who reports this "prophetic failure. Of course, my favorite part of the prophecy against Tyre is the part found in Ezekiel Of course, after it was left unconquered by the Babylonian armies, it eventually fell to the Greeks under Alexander and was destroyed by his armies.
But then, the city which was never to be rebuilt forever rose again to wealth and power in BCE! During the Roman period, the city rose to even more prominence and had a Christian community living in the mainland portion. Muslims reduced the city to ashes in It was rebuilt again sometime after this.
In , it had an estimated population of 23, The prophecy stated that the place would "be a bare rockface for spreading nets and would never be rebuilt" but today, the place has become a fairly important maritime center. To those who refuse to believe that Tyre still exists today, pictures can be see at https: Note that there are many buildings - it has been rebuilt. A literal interpretation of Ezekiel's prophecy coupled with a belief in Biblical inerrancy leads to obvious problems.
My purpose in discussing the prophecies about Tyre is not to question the truthfulness of the Bible it is true - we just need to struggle to understand it properly, as we must with all scripture and all prophecy, and we need to understand its potential limitations.
My primary purpose in discussing Tyre is to point out that an overly critical attitude and a strict application of Deut. If we try hard enough to find reasons to reject a prophet, we will surely succeed - but beware lest we judge unwisely and reject those whom God has sent and anointed, even though they be mortal and fallible.
As for Tyre never being rebuilt, I think it's fair to mention that Hebrew writers used extreme words like "never" or "all" or "forever" in a rather loose way. Tyre was "never" to rebuilt and animal sacrifices were to continue "forever" - but these expressions can best be understood as figures of speech rather than absolutes. But if we're going to take the reasonable, thoughtful path of understanding the Bible rather than looking for apparent flaws to condemn it out of hand, we should extend the same courtesy to the Book of Mormon and the words of modern prophets.
Another example to consider is the prophet Jeremiah - a great and inspired prophet - who prophesied that king Zedekiah would "die in peace" Jer. Critics could argue that this prophecy did not prove to be true, for Zedekiah saw his sons killed by the conquering Babylonians and was himself blinded and put in prison, where he died in captivity - not in peace Jer.
Of course, the point is that he would not be killed by the sword, but die of natural causes - albeit in prison - yet to the critics, it may look like a case of a false prophecy. This case is certainly less clear-cut than the prophecy of Ezekiel discussed above, yet also serves to warn us against harsh judgments. Joseph Smith made some amazingly correct prophecies: The prophetic nature of the Book of Mormon is also noteworthy.
Even mundane passages such as the physical description of Nephi's journey through the Arabian peninsula serve as validated prophecies, in a sense, for none of the many accurate details in the text could have been fabricated in based on what was then known about Arabia, and the "direct hits" e.
The specific prophecies that are said to be false or incorrect by critics are typically based on hearsay or unreliable sources or are based on incorrect interpretations of what is said.
There is no reliable evidence to say that Joseph Smith fails any sound test based on Deut. Some of the most common specific objections are treated in my answers below, including a discussion of the Missouri temple prophecy from Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants and the Lord's command to David Patten Section of the Doctrine and Covenants. For further reading on this topic, Michael T.
Griffith has a useful article, Vindicating Prophecy: Below is a portion of that article quoted here since the Web link may have quit working:.
In 2 Samuel 7: These things are quite clearly stated. No conditions are attached to these promises, none whatsoever. Not only did Samson fail to even "begin" to free Israel from the Philistines, but 1 there were times when he consorted with Philistine women, 2 he married a Philistine, 3 he himself never even led any Israelite troops against the Philistines, and 4 the Philistines eventually humiliated him.
Moreover, and most importantly, Israel actually lost ground to the Philistines during Samson's tenure. Judges illustrates Philistine encroachment into Hebrew territory. The Samson narrative documents the eastward expansion of the Philistines by mentioning the Philistine presence in Timnah and Lehi, both in the strategic valley of Sorek Achtemeier This Philistine expansion worsened the land shortage that eventually forced the Danites to migrate northward.
Of course, the nonfulfillment of Judges In addition to his sexual liaisons, he married a Philistine, ate unclean food, drank wine, and allowed his hair to be cut.
Therefore, it could be said that the angel's prophecy was nullified by Samson's behavior. However, the angel placed absolutely no conditions on his promise that Samson would begin to deliver Israel from the Philistines. He simply declared that Samson would do so. The Bible makes it clear that prophecy can be conditional and that its fulfillment can depend on the actions of human beings. This makes sense when one realizes that God's purpose is to bless mankind, not to be rigidly "correct" about everything.
Predicted doom, for example, can be avoided by human repentance. If we demand that all prophecy be strictly fulfilled according to our narrow interpretation, we are likely to reject true prophets, as shown in the previous answer and as shown again below.
Consider the following commentary from John Tvedtnes, taken from a response to Dick Baer available at https: Baer establishes a test for false prophets Ironically, the text can be used to prove that Moses himself was a false prophet. By the same standard, Jonah's prophecy that Nineveh would be destroyed failed. There are other such examples.
The Lord told Moses that he would destroy the Israelites and make of Moses a greater nation than they. When Moses protested that this would be wrong, the Lord changed his mind Num. The fact of the matter is that all prophecy depends on the faithfulness or unfaithfulness of those involved.
In the case of Nineveh, the Lord revoked his threatened destruction of the city because they repented. By the same token, he can revoke promises of good if people sin. The Lord himself explained this principle through the prophet Jeremiah:. Tvedtnes also offers the example of David and the men of Keilah. This did not happen for one simple reason: David wisely fled from the city vss. Does this invalidate the Bible and make God errant? No - it shows that prophecy can be conditional, and that we better run when the Lord warns us of danger.
Instead of running, a change in behavior can also help. For example, in 1 Kings Ahab, in response, puts on at least a show of repentance by fasting, wearing sackcloth, and mourning. In response, the Lord tells Elijah, "Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? An even more dramatic example is the extra 15 years of life that King Hezekiah got after Isaiah prophesied he would die of the severe illness that he had Isaiah Hezekiah mourned and pleaded with the Lord, and the Lord withdrew the previously given decree.
Though not stated as conditional, it proved to be a conditional prophecy that the Lord altered. Some of the allegedly false prophecies of Joseph Smith are obvious examples of conditional prophecies e. The critics seem to have forgotten the Bible in their zeal to condemn. Being a martyr means being a witness willing to suffer for principle - but it does not require that one make murder easy for one's enemies - especially when they are trying to kill others as well.
The Apostle Paul, for example, used legal means to try to resist the persecution of those who sought to stop him.
He didn't give in easily. His life became a powerful witness for Christ, with no question of his willingness to suffer for the cause. Joseph smith gave his life as a final witness to the truthfulness of his prophetic mission, sealing his testimony with his blood. But there were others with him as a mob attacked him and his small group of helpless prisoners being held illegally in a jail, and Joseph successfully sought to save some of their lives, though he knew his would be taken.
It is true that somebody had brought a small pistol to Joseph for self-defense, but his desperate efforts to save others hardly detracts from the fact that he gave his life, or that a mob of vile conspirators, stirred by some of the best anti-Mormon ministers of the day, deliberately murdered the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
PBS provides a brief overview of the martyrdom , associated with their production of the documentary, " American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith. More detailed information on this topic comes from Ari D. Bruening and David L. Prior to the martyrdom, Joseph Smith was well aware that a group of conspirators had formed in order to murder him and his brother Hyrum, as well as other important men in the church.
Sharp, who had organized an anti-Mormon political party in , wrote in the Warsaw Signal: He has deadly enemies.. The feeling of this country. As he left Nauvoo, he stated, "I am going like a lamb to the slaughter. The day and evening of the martyrdom 27 June , General Deming, who had command of the Carthage Greys, was to guard the jail, but he left during the day for fear of losing his life. Joseph had been given a weapon earlier that day by Cyrus H. Wheelock, who had come to the jail to get messages to carry back to Nauvoo.
The gun was a small one, known as a "pepper-box" revolver. Madsen, a few individuals attempted to save the Prophet's life by testifying in his behalf. Stephen Markhameven offered to exchange clothes so that the Prophet could escape in disguise, but Joseph declined.
The plot had been carried out: Cannon reports that many members of the mob "rushed up the stairs while others fired through the open windows of the jail into the room where the brethren were confined. The four prisoners sprang against the door, but the murderers burst it partly open and pushed their guns into the room. According to the account in the History of the Church, John Taylor continued to try to ward off the guns of the mobsters until the guns extended approximately half their length into the room.
Deciding that it was useless to fight, he tried to jump out of the window, at which point he was shot. Joseph and Hyrum each received five bullets, and John Taylor was shot four times. These descriptions of the martyrdom hardly depict a "gun battle.
Oaks and Marvin S. Hill write, "The murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith at Carthage, Illinois, was not a spontaneous, impulsive act by a few personal enemies of the Mormon leaders, but a deliberate political assassination, committed or condoned by some of the leading citizens in Hancock County.
Some may ask why Joseph used any weapons if he knew he was to die at Carthage. Apparently, he was more concerned with the well-being of those with whom he was associated than with his own. The Prophet had "promised those brethren in the name of the Lord that he would defend them even if it meant giving up his life. On 18 June, Joseph had told the Nauvoo Legion, "while I live, I will never tamely submit to the dominion of cursed mobocracy. Joseph was shot from behind two or three times before he fell out of the window.
The Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered by a large group of angry mobsters. They did shoot at the mobsters, but only in defense of their lives. To make this gruesome, plotted murder sound as though it were the result of some sort of duel, with each party acting with similar ferocity, is highly inaccurate and insulting.
History of the Church , 6: University of Illinois Press, , Deseret News Press, , Madsen, Joseph Smith, the Prophet , 2nd ed. Bookcraft, , Cannon, Life of Joseph Smith , Madsen, Joseph Smith, the Prophet , Oaks and Hill, Carthage Conspiracy , 6. Madsen, Joseph Smith, the Prophet, Gibson, and " Was Joseph Smith a Martyr?
Joseph Smith was a fallible mortal, yet was a noble and just man who was nevertheless slandered by his enemies including some who became hateful after being excommunicated for adultery. He was great, but not perfect.
The Bible clearly teaches that true prophets of God are nevertheless imperfect. The Apostle Paul, for example, wrote of his weakness and admitted that he still struggled with sin Romans 7: Moses, one of the greatest prophets of all, also was not without weakness and sin. A sin committed apparently in pride and disbelief kept him from being allowed to enter the promised land - as a punishment from God.
Moses did not accurately follow the instructions of the Lord in performing a miracle and seems to have presumptuously taken credit for it. Not every act of Moses was perfect, nor was his reputation flawless.
In fact, his detractors could point out that he began as a "killer," for he killed an Egyptian, although it was in the process of defending someone else who was being attacked. His brother, Aaron, called of God to serve as a mouthpiece for Moses, also sinned terribly in making a golden calf.
He repented, but he did sin. Jonah, again, is an example of an imperfect prophet, who yet was called of God and divinely inspired. David spoke and wrote scripture, yet later committed awful sins - including adultery and murder. Solomon also was guilty of ugly deeds. Paul also seemed to suffer from the problem of prejudice, for his opinion of people from Crete, given in Titus 1: Cretians are always liars?
Maybe so, but it seems a little unfair not to mention politically incorrect. And among the Apostles of Christ, there was petty contention about who should be the greatest among them. They were called, chosen, anointed, and given power from God - but they made foolish mistakes at times. Even the great Peter had to weep bitterly when he realized what he had done in denying Christ three times. Think of what fun anti-Mormons would have if Joseph Smith had denied Christ even once after his call to be a prophet.
Peter repented, and later became an immovable witness for Christ, but he was guilty of sin and failure after being ordained an Apostle. Human servants are still human and fallible - but as servants of God, they can act as true prophets and teach truth, prophesy about great things, and lead us to Christ. But we worship God, not his mortal servants. Nevertheless, we will be held accountable for how we receive the authorized servants that Christ sends to us.
Be careful about condemning them for their mortal faults and sins. Additional food for thought: Van Hale has compiled some excellent questions from the Bible that should help expose the fallacy of rejecting God's prophets for apparent sins, weaknesses, or practices contrary to our standards. In his discussion, Van Hale asks the following questions, all of which refer to actual incidents in the Bible that critics could use to incorrectly reject Biblical prophets:. For a small fee, use his supernatural powers to tell where to find lost animals?
Contradict a former prophet? Break God's moral law? Attribute doubtful characteristics to God? If Christians are willing to accept the prophets of the Bible in spite of a few blemishes on their reputations, shouldn't they be willing to give modern prophets a little slack? But I fear that some of our most vehement critics, like the bigoted religious leaders who sought the blood of Joseph Smith, are driven with the same hateful frenzy that inspired the respected religious leaders of Christ's day to seek His blood and the blood of many other true Christians.
Prophets have been slain from the earliest days, and logic and fairness seems to do little in slowing down the assault. Insisting on infallible prophets is actually more of an excuse to reject God's servants than it is a path to follow God. Prophets are mortals and will always have faults, allowing those who demand perfection to reject them.
It is that attitude that led to the rejection of prophets and apostles in the early Church and closed the door on modern revelation. See " 'Well Nigh as Dangerous': Certainly we all have access to God through prayer, and have access to many or His words through the scriptures. But God has further words and instructions for the world, and has given prophets and apostles to bring us to a unity of the faith, as Paul teaches in Ephesians 4: If we accept Christ, we will also accept the authorized servants that He sends.
Indeed, He will hold us accountable for how we receive or reject His prophets and apostles. Listen to the words of Christ in John Yet in Matthew We will be held accountable for how we receive His servants. The challenge, of course, is to determine whether or not Joseph Smith was a true servant and prophet of God. In spite of the volumes of slander against him that enemies of the Church have prepared, their lies are refuted not only by the many witnesses who truly knew Joseph and experienced the miracles and divine manifestations associated with the restoration of the Gospel among those witnesses are some of my own ancestors who left their own personal accounts , but most importantly by the power of the Book of Mormon, which is a witness for Christ and powerful evidence that Joseph Smith really was a divinely called and authorized prophet of God.
This question addresses several policies and commandments that have changed in LDS religion, including polygamy practiced by way of commandment from God for a temporary period of time, ending in , restrictions on the priesthood known to be temporary, they were removed by revelation in , the LDS health code originally given as advice, later strengthened to be a commandment , etc.
The argument is that God would never change any commandment or rule, so changes made by LDS prophets must "prove" they are not of God. God's nature does not change, and absolute truth does not change, but the rules and instructions God gives to man are adapted for our time and circumstances, and DO change. This is part of the reason why we need continuing revelation and living prophets.
Consider a few examples. Should modern Christians keep the feast of the Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, and offer animal sacrifices? Should we keep the Feast of Firstfruits, which was to be a "statute for ever throughout your generations" Lev.
Do modern Protestants and Catholics strictly observe the Sabbath day as taught in the Old Testament absolutely no work or shopping and observing the Sabbath on Saturday? Yet the Old Testament practices were said to be given as "a perpetual covenant" and a sign between God and Israel forever Exodus Many of these Old Testament ordinances and observances were changed in the original Church of Jesus Christ - not by men, but by revelation from God.
Further examples include circumcision, which was said to be "an everlasting covenant" in Genesis The change was made through revelation to living apostles and prophets. A dramatic example of revealed change occurred in the revelation to Peter that showed him the Gospel was now to be preached to the Gentiles as well as the Jews. That revelation in Acts This revelation directly contradicted two previous Biblical revelations.
One was the instruction from Christ that the Apostles were sent to preach to the house of Israel, not to the Gentiles Matthew Those changes may have been hard for Peter to accept, but they were from God and he obeyed. Speaking of food, are Christians today allowed to eat fat? Yet a prohibition against eating fat in Leviticus 3: How can we account for the changes that occurred in laws and ordinances that were said to be perpetual or forever? God can give a set of laws that are to be ongoing until He issues a change - but He must do it, not man.
The changes that took us away from many aspects of the Mosaic law, as with the changes away from the still older rules of Sabbath observance and circumcision, were made under divine inspiration after the Atonement of Christ had been completed, which fulfilled the Mosaic law and required or permitted change of other practices. God did not change, but the rules that we needed were changed. The changes were revealed by those having authority, not by committees.
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Jewish immigration to New Haven has left an enduring mark on the city. Westville was the center of Jewish life in New Haven, though today many have fanned out to suburban communities such as Woodbridge and Cheshire. The city reached its peak population after World War II. Moreover, as in other U. One author suggested that aggressive redlining and rezoning made it difficult for residents to obtain financing for older, deteriorating urban housing stock, thereby condemning such structures to deterioration.
In ; then-mayor Richard C. Lee began some of the earliest major urban renewal projects in the United States. Certain sections of downtown New Haven were redeveloped to include museums, new office towers, a hotel, and large shopping complexes. The Oak Street Connector Route 34 , running between Interstate 95, downtown, and The Hill neighborhood, was originally intended as a highway to the city's western suburbs but was only completed as a highway to the downtown area, with the area to the west becoming a boulevard See "Redevelopment" below.
In , a series of criminal prosecutions against various members of the Black Panther Party took place in New Haven, inciting mass protests on the New Haven Green involving twelve thousand demonstrators and many well-known New Left political activists.
See "Political Culture" below for more information. From the s through the late s, central areas of New Haven continued to decline both economically and in terms of population despite attempts to resurrect certain neighborhoods through renewal projects. In conjunction with its declining population, New Haven experienced a steep rise in its crime rate. Since approximately , many parts of downtown New Haven have been revitalized with new restaurants, nightlife, and small retail stores. In particular, the area surrounding the New Haven Green has experienced an influx of apartments and condominiums.
In addition, two new supermarkets opened to serve downtown's growing residential population. The State Street project is now occupied and is the largest residential building in Connecticut. In April , the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a suit over reverse discrimination brought by 18 white firefighters against the city. The suit involved the promotion test for the New Haven Fire Department. After the tests were scored, no black firefighters scored high enough to qualify for consideration for promotion, so the city announced that no one would be promoted.
In the subsequent Ricci v. In and , state and federal funds were awarded to Connecticut and Massachusetts to construct the Hartford Line , with a southern terminus at New Haven's Union Station and a northern terminus at Springfield's Union Station. The vision for this corridor is to restore the alignment to its original route via the Knowledge Corridor in western Massachusetts , improving trip time and increasing the population base that can be served.
According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of New Haven's best-known geographic features are its large, shallow harbor, and two reddish basalt trap rock ridges which rise to the northeast and northwest of the city core. These trap rocks are known respectively as East Rock and West Rock , and both serve as extensive parks. West Rock has been tunneled through to make way for the east-west passage of the Wilbur Cross Parkway the only highway tunnel through a natural obstacle in Connecticut , and once served as the hideout of the " Regicides " see: The city is drained by three rivers; the West , Mill , and Quinnipiac , named in order from west to east.
Both harbors are embayments of Long Island Sound. Not all of these small streams have continuous flow year-round. Dfa typical of much of the New York metropolitan area, with long, hot summers, and cool to cold winters. In summer, the Bermuda High creates as southern flow of warm and humid air, with frequent thundershowers. October to early December is normally mild to cool late in the season, while early spring April can be cool to warm.
Winters are moderately cold with both rain and snow fall. The weather patterns that affect New Haven result from a primarily offshore direction, thus reducing the marine influence of Long Island Sound—although, like other marine areas, differences in temperature between areas right along the coastline and areas a mile or two inland can be large at times.
New Haven has a long tradition of urban planning and a purposeful design for the city's layout. The city also instituted the first public tree planting program in America.
As in other cities, many of the elms that gave New Haven the nickname "Elm City" perished in the midth century due to Dutch Elm disease , although many have since been replanted. The New Haven Green is currently home to three separate historic churches which speak to the original theocratic nature of the city.
It was named a National Historic Landmark in Downtown New Haven , occupied by nearly 7, residents, has a more residential character than most downtowns. The city has many distinct neighborhoods. In addition to Downtown, centered on the central business district and the Green , are the following neighborhoods: New Haven's economy originally was based in manufacturing, but the postwar period brought rapid industrial decline ; the entire Northeast was affected, and medium-sized cities with large working-class populations, like New Haven, were hit particularly hard.
Simultaneously, the growth and expansion of Yale University further affected the economic shift. Clothing stores Gant and Ann Taylor were founded in the city. In , New Haven was ranked by a Verizon study as one of the top 10 cities in America for launching tech startups, and top two in New England. The Knights of Columbus , the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization and a Fortune company, is headquartered in New Haven.
Other notable companies based in the city include the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company the candy-making division of the Hershey Company , and the American division of Assa Abloy one of the world's leading manufacturers of locks. Census Bureau reports a population of ,, with 47, households and 25, families within the city of New Haven. The population density is 6, There are 52, housing units at an average density of 2, The racial makeup of the city is Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were New Haven has always been a city of immigrants and the Latino population is growing rapidly.
Previous influxes among ethnic groups have been African-Americans in the postwar era, and Irish, Italian and to a lesser degree Slavic peoples in the prewar period. As of the census, of the 47, households, The average household size is 2.
The ages of New Haven's residents are For every females age 18 and over, there are This is primarily due to New Haven's small area and the presence of Yale University.
The city is part of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Jews also make up a considerable portion of the population, as do Black Baptists. There is a growing number of mostly Puerto Rican Pentecostals as well. There are churches for all major branches of Christianity within the city, multiple store-front churches, ministries especially in working-class Latino and Black neighborhoods , a mosque, many synagogues including two yeshivas , and other places of worship; the level of religious diversity in the city is high.
A study of the demographics of the New Haven metro area, based on age, educational attainment, and race and ethnicity, found that they were the closest of any American city to the national average. New Haven is governed via the mayor-council system. Connecticut municipalities like those of neighboring states Massachusetts and Rhode Island provide nearly all local services such as fire and rescue, education, snow removal, etc. New Haven County merely refers to a grouping of towns and a judicial district, not a governmental entity.
New Haven is a member of the South Central Connecticut Regional Council of Governments SCRCOG , a regional agency created to facilitate coordination between area municipal governments and state and federal agencies, in the absence of county government. Toni Harp is the mayor of New Haven. The city council, called the Board of Alders, consists of thirty members, each elected from single-member wards.
The city is overwhelmingly Democratic. New Haven lies within Connecticut's 3rd congressional district and has been represented by Rosa DeLauro since Lee United States Courthouse.
New Haven is the birthplace of former president George W. Bush ,  who was born when his father, former president George H. Bush , was living in New Haven while a student at Yale. President Clinton met his wife, former U. Former vice presidents John C. Before the election, the last time there was not a person with ties to New Haven and Yale on either major party's ticket was In the election, New Haven County was third among all Connecticut counties in campaign contributions, after Fairfield and Hartford counties.
Connecticut, in turn, was ranked 14th among all states in total campaign contributions. New Haven was the subject of Who Governs? Dahl , which includes an extensive history of the city and thorough description of its politics in the s. New Haven's theocratic history is also mentioned several times by Alexis de Tocqueville in his classic volume on 19th-century American political life, Democracy in America. William Lee Miller 's The Fifteenth Ward and the Great Society similarly explores the relationship between local politics in New Haven and national political movements, focusing on Lyndon Johnson 's Great Society and urban renewal.
George Williamson Crawford , a Yale Law School graduate, served as the city's first black corporation counsel from to , under Mayor Richard C. In , the New Haven Black Panther trials took place, the largest and longest trials in Connecticut history.
Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale and ten other party members were tried for murdering an alleged informant. Violent confrontations between the demonstrators and the New Haven Police occurred, and several bombs were set off in the area by radicals.
The event became a rallying point for the New Left and critics of the Nixon Administration. During the summer of , New Haven was the center of protests by anti-immigration groups who opposed the city's program of offering municipal ID cards, known as the Elm City Resident Card , to illegal immigrants.
It is the first foreign mission to open in New Haven since Italy opened a consulate now closed in the city in In April , the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a suit over reverse discrimination brought by 20 white and Hispanic firefighters against the city. After the tests were scored, no blacks scored high enough to qualify for consideration for promotion, so the city announced that no one would be promoted.
On 29 June , the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the firefighters, agreeing that they were improperly denied promotion because of their race. DeStefano , became highly publicized and brought national attention to New Haven politics due to the involvement of then- Supreme Court nominee and Yale Law School graduate Sonia Sotomayor in a lower court decision.
Garry Trudeau , creator of the political Doonesbury comic strip , attended Yale University. There he met fellow student and later Green Party candidate for Congress Charles Pillsbury , a long-time New Haven resident for whom Trudeau's comic strip is named.
During his college years, Pillsbury was known by the nickname "The Doones". A theory of international law , which argues for a sociological normative approach in regards to jurisprudence, is named the New Haven Approach , after the city. Crime increased in the s, with New Haven having one of the ten highest violent crime rates per capita in the United States. The city, adopting a policy of community policing , saw crime rates drop during the s.
Violent crime levels vary dramatically among New Haven's neighborhoods, with some areas having crime rates in line with the state of Connecticut average, and others having extremely high rates of crime. A New Haven Health Department report identifies these issues in greater detail.
In , New Haven ranked as the 18th most dangerous city in the United States albeit below the safety benchmark of The research organization called for comparisons based on neighborhoods, blocks, or standard methodologies similar to those used by Brookings, DiversityData, and other established institutions , not based on municipalities.
New Haven is a notable center for higher education. Yale University , at the heart of downtown, is one of the city's best known features and its largest employer.
Gateway Community College has a campus in downtown New Haven, formerly located in the Long Wharf district; Gateway consolidated into one campus downtown into a new state-of-the-art campus on the site of the old Macy's building and was open for the Fall semester.
There are several institutions immediately outside of New Haven, as well. Quinnipiac University and the Paier College of Art are located just to the north, in the town of Hamden. New Haven Public Schools is the school district serving the city.
Hopkins School , a private school, was founded in and is the fifth-oldest educational institution in the United States.
The city is renowned for its progressive school lunch programs,  and participation in statewide bussing efforts toward increased diversity in schools. The city is home to New Haven Promise, a scholarship funded by Yale University for students who meet the requirements. Students must be enrolled in a public high school charters included for four years, be a resident of the city during that time, carry a 3. There are more than 60 cities in the country that have a Promise-type program for their students.
New Haven's greatest culinary claim to fame may be its pizza, which has been claimed to be among the best in the country,     or even in the world. Apizza may be red with a tomato -based sauce or white with a sauce of garlic and olive oil , and pies ordered "plain" are made without the otherwise customary mozzarella cheese originally smoked mozzarella, known as "scamorza" in Italian.
A white clam pie is a well-known specialty of the restaurants on Wooster Street in the Little Italy section of New Haven, including Pepe's and Sally's Apizza which opened in Modern Apizza on State Street, which opened in , is also well-known. A second New Haven gastronomical claim to fame is Louis' Lunch , which is located in a small brick building on Crown Street and has been serving fast food since A third New Haven gastronomical claim to fame is Miya's , the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world.
Miya's, founded by Chef Yoshiko Lai in , featured the first sustainable seafood -based sushi menu, the first plant-based sushi menu, and the first invasive species menu in the world. Chef Bun Lai is credited as the first chef in the world for implementing a sustainability paradigm to the cuisine of sushi. During weekday lunchtime, over lunch carts and food trucks from neighborhood restaurants cater to different student populations throughout Yale's campus.
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