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“I believe that Judaism was an improvement on polytheism; Christianity was an improvement on Judaism (to some degree and in some departments only); that Protestantism is an improvement on Catholicism; that Mormonism is an improvement on Protestantism. So I give Joseph Smith credit as an innovator and as a smart fellow.”

~Thomas Ferguson to James Still – 3 December 1979; see also Mormon Mavericks: Essays on Dissenters, page 269~