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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, October 5, 2023
Scripture Central teaches fantasy map
Scripture Central (the latest iteration of BMAF--see below) celebrated Moroni Day with a fundraising dinner. You can watch the video here.
But the entire presentation (and everything else they do) is tainted by M2C, their Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory.
Even in their Moroni Day celebration, they presented the Book of Mormon as a fictional account by using the BYU fantasy map.
The BYU fantasy map was designed to promote M2C by imprinting the M2C interpretation of the text onto the minds of everyone who sees it--especially BYU students. Although it is a computer-generated image, it fits the Mesoamerican model promoted by John Sorenson, Jack Welch, and their followers.
The BYU fantasy map teaches students (and everyone reached by the millions of dollars Scripture Central spends) that the "best" interpretation of the Book of Mormon fits a fantasy map akin to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings maps.
Lord of the Rings map
It's no wonder that the rising generation increasingly sees the Book of Mormon as fiction.
The tragedy is the way we arrived at this point.
People wonder why M2C is embedded in everything they do
Scripture Central is the latest facade for BMAF.org (Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum, Inc.) which is the corporate entity that owns Book of Mormon Central and all its affiliates.
BMAF is a long-time promoter of M2C, which teaches the prophets were wrong about the New York Cumorah because the M2C scholars know better than the prophets, due to their erudition, expertise, and education.
BMAF's logo depicts a Mayan pyramid to represent the Book of Mormon!
The BYU fantasy map makes this explicit by showing Cumorah in a land far, far away from New York:
BYU map location for "Cumorah"
You can watch the segment of "Moroni Day" that features the fantasy map starting here: