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, July 25, 2022

Read the books they want to ban

"Read the books they want to ban."

[Note: I originally posted this before I finished the point because I had an early tee-time. After playing golf, tennis, pool, etc., I realized I needed to add the balance of the content.]
I'm applying Naval's tweet to the LDS context. Some LDS intellectuals want the Latter-day Saints to read only their own work. They lack confidence in the viability of their own theories and dogma.
By contrast, I want people to compare multiple working hypotheses.
I encourage people to read what the M2C and SITH citation cartels publish because I encourage people to make informed decisions. Definitely, read Mormon's Codex, From Darkness Unto Light, the Interpreter articles, the Kno-Whys on Book of Mormon Central, the entries on FAIRLDS.org, etc.
But notice that the SITH sayers don't want you to read A Man that Can Translate or Infinite Goodness.
The M2Cers don't want you to read Between these Hills, Letter VII, Whatever Happened to the Golden Plates?, or even The Lost City of Zarahemla.
That's why I say, read the works the M2C/SITH citation cartel want to ban.

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