long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

List of Essential Features

On my Mesomania blog, I posted a list of essential features for any theory of Book of Mormon geography. Check it out here: http://mormonmesomania.blogspot.com/2016/11/essential-features-of-geography.html

I need to explain something along these lines. I often refer to "LDS scholars and educators." It would be more accurate to write "some LDS scholars and educators." I know of LDS scholars and educators who do follow the prophets and apostles and accept the New York Cumorah as the Mormon 6:6 Cumorah.

But either they don't write and submit articles, or the citation cartel refuses to publish them.

I hope it's clear that in the context of Book of Mormon geography, I'm referring to the LDS scholars and educators who teach and promote a non-New York Cumorah. There is a relatively small group of LDS scholars who have been teaching the "two-Cumorahs" theory for decades, but they've influenced generations of LDS educators, who in turn have taught generations of students.

There may be many LDS scholars and educators who don't accept the non-New York Cumorah ideas. Countless LDS people have told me they never believed the Mesoamerican stuff, but they never spoke out because they either thought the Church had approved it or they didn't know there were alternative ideas about a North American setting that accepted what the prophets and apostles have said about Cumorah in New York.

In some cases, teachers in the Church have felt compelled to teach the Mesoamerican stuff even when they didn't personally believe it.

This is understandable because the citation cartel has been very effective at suppressing Letter VII.

If you're an LDS scholar or educator, or a teacher in the Church at any level, and you choose to follow the prophets and apostles instead of the scholars who reject them, then I encourage you to speak out. 

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