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, January 31, 2019

Is lds.org a "Church setting?"

The new Gospel Topics essay on Book of Mormon Geography says, among other things,

The Church urges local leaders and members not to advocate theories of Book of Mormon geography in official Church settings.

One question the essay doesn't answer is whether lds.org itself is "an official Church setting." 

This new policy will have many ramifications, but with regard to the Internet, there are three possibilities.

1. The links on lds.org to M2C-promoting web pages are removed from lds.org.

2. The content on the M2C-promoting web pages changes to comply with the new policy; i.e., the M2C citation cartel stops promoting M2C.


3. The links on lds.org to M2C-promoting web pages are not removed from lds.org.

This would mean that the new policy is going to be selectively enforced in favor of M2C, and/or lds.org itself is not a "Church setting."

It will be interesting to see which alternative becomes the new reality.

It seems obvious that lds.org is a "Church setting."

It also seems obvious that the M2C citation cartel is not about to change their editorial position or the content of their web pages.

That leads to the only viable alternative.

All links to M2C-advocating sites should be removed from lds.org. This includes links to BYU Studies, FairMormon, Book of Mormon Central, the Interpreter, and any other site that advocates a particular theory of Book of Mormon geography. 


On this blog, I've shown lots of examples of how these organizations and groups, which I refer to collectively as the M2C citation cartel, advocate M2C. For new readers, here's on example.

Go to https://byustudies.byu.edu/

Today's "daily feature" promotes an M2C book, saying it "ought to be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Book of Mormon geography."

BYU Studies promoting M2C, 31 Jan 2019

BYU Studies also features, right on their home page, the infamous map of "Book of Mormon places" that teaches people the prophets were wrong about Cumorah.


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