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, June 8, 2023

Delmarva and multiple working hypotheses

There's another model of Book of Mormon geography to consider: the Delmarva theory. 

Delmarva stands for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia. You can read an explanation here:

This theory recognizes Cumorah in New York, so it already makes more sense than all the models that claim Joseph and Oliver were wrong about Cumorah. 

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While there is a lot to like with the Delmarva model, I think it lacks some attributes I would like to see, but that doesn't matter. I'm adding the Delmarva model to the list of possibilities--the multiple working hypotheses--that corroborate what Joseph and Oliver taught about the New York Cumorah.

To learn more about the Delmarva model, watch the interviews on Gospel Tangents.


I like the Delmarva approach because it's based in the real world. The creators did not resort to the foolishness of starting with an abstract map based on the text.

I've previously discussed the futility of creating abstract maps because the text is vague and subject to innumerable interpretations.

I've also pointed out that the BYU abstract map is worse than no map at all, not only because it is based on the M2C interpretations, but because it frames the Book of Mormon as fictional.

I'm glad to see more people using real-world settings to understand the Book of Mormon. 

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