But so far as I can tell, people are accepting the authors' opinions without question. Basically they're saying Joseph didn't really use the plates to translate the Book of Mormon. Instead, the plates remained covered up while Joseph merely read the translation off the stone in the hat.
This view is taking over the Church History Department and the Joseph Smith Papers. I've heard it at BYU Education Week. Presumably the Correlation Department endorses this view and it will show up in the curriculum. It's already in the new Church videos.
Because of a few things that have happened recently, it's time for me to discuss the book in detail. I'll post an analysis next week.
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