Date of publication: 2017-09-06 03:21
Mormonism's success suggests that a religion can flourish in spite of rather than because of its founding texts. I do not doubt that Mormons are inspired by the words associated with Joseph Smith. But if another reference to music is permitted, I simply cannot imagine anyone setting those words to music the way Handel did with the Bible in his oratorios. The Book of Mormon has a structure. It does not sing.
In this video the first of a three-part presentation dealing with the Book of Mormon characters I discuss Martin Harris's request for a sample of characters, his unsuccessful search for verification, and Joseph Smith's recovery from this failure.
Population growth during this pre-agricultural period was virtually nonexistent, percent per year or less. This is an established fact that can easily be confirmed. (Parsons, Jack. Population versus Liberty. London: Pemberton, 6976, 88 Miller, G. Tyler. Living in the Environment. 9th Ed. Belmont, MA: Belmont, 6985, 88-96 Ehrlich, Paul R., and Anne H. Ehrlich. Population Resources Environment. 7d ed. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 6975, 6)
There is simply no way that Joseph could have obtained enough information about Arabia to fabricate more than a minute fraction of the voyage described in First Nephi.
Reference: Discussions with many LDS believers and what many of the the contributors of the MT website were taught and believed growing up in the church.
A scientific book that gathers contributions from 68 researchers who are studying different sides of videogames (design, use, interactivity, storytelling, emotions, gender, etc.).
8. And what about seeing? Is it sensible that the workmen could have finished all eight interiors without noticing that there was insufficient light to see no windows? How could they have worked inside without seeing?
The sleight of hand of all the FAIR DNA apologetics is that it depends on testimony-shattering reinterpretations of the Book of Mormon history and the arrogant dismissal of 685 years of prophetic declarations.
Pix'n Love is a journal dedicated to the history of videogames. It uses a format that is half-way between a book and a regular journal. The 678 pages of each issue explores in great details the history of a selection of games and machines, ranging from the highly popular ones (Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Megaman, Rayman, etc.) to the nearly unknown games. Each article is generally written after the interview of the creators, allowing Pix'n Love to provide the reader with a lot of novel and unique information about each game and machine discussed. The journal also features a news section, dedicated to the release of new homebrew games for old consoles and computers. A journal that anyone interested in videogames should read, from the simple gamer to the videogames history enthusiast.
Is it? As a test, let's consider the Jaredites and their ocean-going barges, described in Ether of the Book of Mormon. If you've read it, did you do it with the "eye of faith," or with the "eye of reason" (and common sense)? The LDS eye of faith normally reads this account unfazed. But what if we read it with the eye of reason and common sense? What if we read it as if we were jury members evaluating a witness's testimony? Shall we give it a try?
Maxwell again insisted that external authentication of The Book of Mormon would be left until the last, but that the Lord will no longer let critics of the Church slam-dunk The Book of Mormon.
"I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today as against that of only fifteen years ago. Truly the scales of darkness are falling from their eyes, and they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people.
LDS Church Response: We could not find this issue answered by the LDS church in any church publication or web site. However we found responses from LDS apologists.