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.

Acronyms used in this blog

To save space, this blog uses several acronyms.

BMC - Book of Mormon Central, the public face of Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (bmaf.org), which raises and spends millions of dollars every year to promote M2C, SITH, JDT, and similar theories.

BofM - The Book of Mormon, an 1829 translation of ancient records of the indigenous inhabitants of ancient North America. The BofM describes how Jesus Christ visited these people shortly after his resurrection, thereby corroborating the Bible.

Citation Cartel - Originating with FARMS in the 1980s, whose logo depicts M2C, the citation cartel consists of an interlocked group of LDS intellectuals who review and publish each other's work promoting M2C and SITH. Currently the cartel includes the Interpreter, FAIRLDS, and Book of Mormon Central. It previously included BYU Studies when it was edited by the Chairman of Book of Mormon Central, and the Maxwell Institute when it absorbed FARMS. Recently both BYU Studies and Maxwell Institute have somewhat more independent leadership, although vestiges of M2C and SITH in those organizations remain.

EME - the Early Modern English theory that the text of the Book of Mormon could not have come from Joseph Smith.

JDT - the Joseph Didn't Translate theory that teaches Joseph never really translated anything. Instead, he just read words on a seer stone (SITH) provided by the MUST.

LDS - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which teaches that the Book of Mormon is the word of God comparable to the Bible and that there are living prophets today.

M2C - the Mesoamerican/Two Cumorahs theory, which teaches that the prophets were wrong when they taught that the Hill Cumorah of Mormon 6:6 is in western New York. See lettervii.com for more information.

MIST - the Mysterious Incognito Supernatural Translator, the entity that provided the text for Joseph to read off the hat. This is a recent fad among LDS intellectuals, based on the "finding" that the text in the Book of Mormon consists of Early Modern English dating to the 16th century.

RLDS - The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently renamed to Community of Christ. This is another church organization that teaches the Book of Mormon.

SITH - the stone-in-the-hat theory that Joseph Smith didn't really translate anything, but merely read words off a stone that he found in a well.


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