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.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Sad news: John L. Sorenson passed away

There is a wonderful obituary of a great man, John L. Sorenson, here:


Brother Sorenson was awesome. I dedicated my book Moroni's America to him (along with Jack Welch, Wayne May, and Rod Meldrum). 

John did a tremendous service by researching and publishing on the topics of transoceanic influences and the historicity of the Book of Mormon. While I disagree with some of his assumptions and conclusions about the setting of the Book of Mormon, I deeply appreciate his focus on the text as an actual history. 

He laid the groundwork for ongoing research on Book of Mormon anthropology, archaeology, geology, geography, etc.

My condolences to his family.

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