Explaining the Book of Mormon

A couple of days ago, a link from my beloved Arts and Letters Daily led me to a British article that criticized Scientology.  However, what really struck me about the piece was a random jab at the value of the Book of Mormon. 

When I read articles discussing religion, I often leave a comment about the Book of Mormon, and I did this time, too.  It seems like a decent way of contributing to the discussion, as well as promoting one of my favorite things–the Book of Mormon–and engaging in that kind of online sharing of our beliefs that we’ve been encouraged to try. 

My comment must have come too late to have been seen by most readers, but here it is:

Regarding the criticism of the Book of Mormon’s “literary competence” as “a feeble pastiche of the miraculous language of the translators who produced the King James Bible,” I wouldn’t expect any random reader to be familiar with the current state of Book of Mormon studies, but making a statement like that does expose one’s ignorance of the field.

One easy, introductory-level survey of the literary value of the text is available here: http://farmsnewsite.farmsresearch.com/publications/books/?bookid=115

Of course, a scholarly analysis of the Book of Mormon’s literary status does not help support any of its factual claims, much less establish the authenticity of the document as an ancient artifact. That objective, however, has also been exhaustively investigated, with the evidence found favoring legitimacy: http://www.jefflindsay.com/BMEvidences.shtml.  Anyone who wishes to have an informed opinion about the Book of Mormon should at least peruse resources such as these, and examine them carefully.

Merry Christmas!

One comment on “Explaining the Book of Mormon

  1. Good for you! The Book of Mormon is fascinating and complex, abounding in Hebrew word-play, poetry, depth of subject, etc. To casually shrug it off as the equivalent of some hastily-scribbled comic book is the sign of a rather impoverished intellect.

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