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, May 16, 2022

New readers and various topics

There are many new readers of this blog, so I'm reviewing a few topics today.

Cumorah circa 2022. Update on the changes at the Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York. 


Witnesses movie. People ask what I think about the Witnesses movie from the Interpreter Foundation. I wrote my review last summer, which is here:

Summary: Witnesses is a movie that E.D. Howe would have made, or at least admired, because he basically wrote the script in 1834.

[Note: E.D. Howe wrote the 1834 book Mormonism Unvailed which discussed SITH (the stone-in-the-hat theory) just the way Witnesses portrays--except Howe ridiculed the idea, while Witnesses portrays it as historical fact.]


Book of Mormon decision tree. Lots of people, both LDS and otherwise, wonder about Book of Mormon geography. Here's a decision tree that is easy to follow.


Topic pages. The sidebar on this blog includes several topic pages, including these:

Acronyms used in this blog
Answers to common M2C claims
Oliver was truthful except...
The Two Sets of Plates schematic
A/B test on explaining Cumorah
Confirmation bias and evidence
Delusion of forming opinions based on "the evidenc...
Where bias originates
Curing confirmation bias
Tolstoy on M2C and SITH
Translation theories summary
Video summary of SITH and New Mormon History

I added a new one on the Wentworth letter, here:


Museum of the Book of Mormon (MOBOM)

There are innumerable websites that discuss the Book of Mormon. Most take one approach, whether faithful or critical. Within each category, there is a wide range of belief and advocacy.  

MOBOM is intended to be an online museum that simply presents facts for consideration. The overall editorial approach is that the Book of Mormon is for the entire world, regardless of one's religious beliefs or background. While MOBOM has a generally faithful approach, it also recognizes critical perspectives. 

It's a work in progress with frequent additions and revisions. 

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