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.

Friday, January 20, 2023

BYU Studies, good and bad

I really like the new direction BYU Studies is taking. They offer some wonderful resources, such as these:

They have some materials on the New Testament that are awesome.


The current issue introduces the Oracles of God collection from BYUI, which includes official declarations, proclamations, statements, etc. from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve.




On the other hand, they have some legacy material that is, let's say, less than wonderful, such as the old M2C-driven Book of Mormon Maps and Charts.


That collection includes Cumorah in southern Mexico.


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As well as the overall M2C model.


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Maybe someday BYU Studies will rethink these charts, or decide to publish multiple working faithful hypotheses instead of insisting on M2C exlusively.

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