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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

More on "neutrality"

Chapter 1 of Saints, Volume 2, has been released. So far, it's a big improvement over Volume 1. I posted a short review here:


Apparently it wasn't approved by the M2C intellectuals...

... but other items have been.

Your M2C intellectuals at BYU, CES and COB like to quote the "neutrality" statement from the anonymous Gospel Topics Essay on Book of Mormon Geography.

I've pointed out before that this position of "neutrality" really means nothing more than "neutrality" about where in Central America the Book of Mormon took place; i.e., which of the M2C models is "the best."

They've even concocted a result-oriented audit system to sort through the M2C models, as we saw recently.

Here's an example of how "neutrality" is implemented in the era of the Gospel Topics Essay. The left side of this casting call shows Christ visiting Mayan temples. There's nothing subtle or neutral about it.

This casting call is just as "neutral" as the logo of our favorite "neutral" organization, Book of Mormon Central, which uses the Mayan glyph that we first came to love on the FARM logo decades ago.

More examples of "neutrality" coming...

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