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, January 6, 2020

Interpreting trolls

Some readers remind me from time to time that "Dan the Interpreter" and his anonymous troll lapdog continue to complain about my blogs.

Actually, considering the irrational and ad hominem nature of the anonymous troll, it's probably not "them" but "he." We can infer it is "the Interpreter" himself using a pseudonym. It's the same type of rhetoric that led to a firing from FARMS many years ago.

If he/they had something substantive to say, he/they could email me and let me know. I'd welcome a dialog. He/they don't, apparently.

Don't let them bother you. Just turn the other cheek like I do.

Sometimes I get emails from anonymous critics who apparently need to let off steam. I hope it makes them feel better.

This does raise an important point that I'll be addressing in upcoming posts. What does it mean when the leading intellectuals in the Church lash out against ordinary members of the Church who still believe the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah, the translation of the plates, the use of the Urim and Thummim, etc?

The worst thing for the intellectuals is faithful members of the Church who keep educating themselves about the Book of Mormon, Church history, and related topics. You will deepen your own testimony the less you rely on, or defer to, these self-appointed experts.

Especially the experts who are trying to persuade you that Joseph Smith was an ignorant speculator who misled the Church about the New York Cumorah, the translation of the plates, the use of the Urim and Thummim, etc.

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