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.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Answering the CES Letter by examining assumptions

Recently when I did a presentation on the translation, someone pointed out that the Gospel Topics Essay on the translation says Joseph used SITH (stone-in-the-hat). I replied that those essays have not been canonized, are anonymous, subject to change any time without notice, and are essentially the theories of scholars that don't even quote what Joseph and Oliver said, let alone embrace what they said.

I'll stick with Joseph and Oliver.

This event reminded me of the way LDS apologists have responded to the CES Letter by basically agreeing with the assumptions at the foundation of the CES Letter, but disagreeing on the conclusions.

It makes more sense to examine the assumptions, which I've done here.


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