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, November 20, 2023

Two more podcasts

My publisher, Boyd Tuttle, was recently interviewed on Mormon Book Reviews:



I did another interview, this time about my first book, The Lost City of Zarahemla, which discusses the origin of the Mesoamerican setting.


There seems to be a resurgence of interest in this topic, so I posted a brief summary of Lost City of Zarahemla and the origins of M2C at lds historical narratives, here:


In that post, I explained the issues by using the FAITH model. 

As always, I'm fine with people believing whatever they want. In the interest of clarity, charity and understanding, we should all recognize that while we are all dealing with the identical facts, people quickly make different assumptions, draw different inferences, and propose different theories to support their overall conclusions or hypotheses.

In this case, I have great respect and cordial feelings toward the M2C scholars. I understand their assumptions, inferences, etc., because for decades I shared those assumptions, inferences, etc. Just because I no longer accept their assumptions and inferences doesn't mean I dislike them in any way. They're great people.

As we pursue (and hopefully achieve) clarity, charity and understanding, everyone in the Church, and all our friends, will be able to carefully and thoughtfully consider all the evidence and reach their own conclusions, making informed decisions.

That way, we will achieve no more contention.


I suppose this topic will trigger the usual trolls, however. One way to consider the work of the trolls is that they are drunk, stoned, or mentally ill. Or, in some cases, they get a shot of adrenalin by making ad hominem arguments and other logical fallacies. 

Regardless, I'm happy to engage with anyone on these topics. Lots of people email me at lostzarahemla@gmail.com.

I'd like nothing more than to have clear, open clarity, charity and understanding on this and all the other issues.

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