After Joseph's death, Rigdon may have been tempted to expose the origin of the book to bring down Brigham, but again, his long-term goal of restoration took priority in the end. He did remain in a pastoral position in a mormon offshoot afterall.
I don't think Oliver would have considered the project a 'fraud' either. Again for him, destroying the work in order to avenge himself on Joseph may not have been an obvious option. He may have considered Joseph a fallen prophet, or acting as a 'man'. But likely the enterprise was larger than just Joseph.
One of the themes that comes out of the Book of Mormon, and the Book of Abraham as well, is that the end justifies the means. This teleological view is seen in the murder of Laban (and its justification), the theft of the brass plates (along with essentially kidnapping Zoram), and God's instruction to Abraham to lie - among other examples. Like the God of the OT, the God of the Book of Mormon will let innocents suffer in order to instruct or correct a people. Working within that teleological framework, fabricating a new scripture and backstory would be perfectly acceptable in order to bring about the restoration.
Check out some of Sidney Rigdon's pre-Mormon writings on Uncle Dale's website. Rigdon was adamant that only the original version of christianity (as defined by him) was acceptable, and restoration of primitive christianity was immense importance to him.
All these arguments (which have their own problems, most of all that they are rather simplistic assertions without much foundation) are thrown to the winds in light of the circumstantial and historical evidence surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. It really is that simple. But when one begins with the premise (poisoning the well) that Rigdon must have had good reason to lie about the Book of Mormon, especially when the premise is that there ain't no such thing as angels giving books to people, it is easy to dismiss the honest testimony of the participants. Like when Rigdon's daughter described Sidney, who "in the last years of his life called his family together and told them, that as sure as there was a God in heaven, he never had anything to do in getting up the Book of Mormon. And never saw any such thing as a manuscript written by Solomon Spalding."
Edited by LifeOnaPlate, 22 December 2008 - 04:43 PM.