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.

Monday, August 5, 2019

FairMormon/BMC conference this week

I need some help with terminology, apparently.

Our M2C intellectuals continue to complain when I observe that they are repudiating the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah, the translation of the plates with the Urim and Thummim, and other issues. I'll discuss that more tomorrow.

For the next few days, we're going to preview and take a look at the FairMormon/Book of Mormon Central annual conference taking place this week in Provo.

You can see the program here:


I really wish I could support these groups, both financially and philosophically. I really like personally, and respect and admire professionally, everyone involved with these organizations. They're great people, talented, faithful members of the Church, etc.

They also have lots of useful material, but because of their single-minded focus on M2C, they mix all the good with two unacceptable elements: censorship and ridicule of fellow faithful members of the Church who still believe the teachings of the prophets.

Consequently, IMO, both FairMormon and Book of Mormon Central are contradicting the Church's official position of neutrality and they are raising barriers to faith.

Some of them say the same thing about me, but they all know that I frequently cite and link to their work, openly share their views on the issues, and encourage people to compare.

If they did the same, I would support them.

I would love to see these groups present a comparison table, chart, and analysis that lets everyone in the world understand why so many members of the Church still believe the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah, despite the efforts of the M2C citation cartel to suppress and censor those teachings.

That seems obvious, doesn't it? Who, in 2019, supports censorship except those who don't trust their readers?

Why would any group that professes to support the Church's teaching of neutrality be so adamantly opposed to a neutral comparison of the two perspectives?

The answer: FairMormon and Book of Mormon Central know most members of the Church, if fully informed, would reject M2C. And they have invested far too much into M2C to allow that to happen.

These groups have not offered such a comparison so far, and they never will with the current management of FairMormon, Book of Mormon Central, the Interpreter, Meridian Magazine, etc.

If you watch the events this week, I suspect you'll see plenty of examples of what I'm describing here.

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