1843 letter about Benjamin Winchester

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Last Thursday, Feb 16, the Joseph Smith Papers released new content, including documents from January through March 1843. Those who have read my books The Lost City of Zarahemla and Brought to Light will be interested to see the full letter from Peter Hess to Hyrum Smith, Joseph, and the Twelve regarding Benjamin Winchester. Here’s […]

Triggers for cognitive dissonance

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I was going to schedule this post for next week, but I decided to schedule it for today, even though I’ve already made several posts this week. For long-time readers, the introductory material may be repetitive, but there are new readers coming all the time, so the intro is necessary. Let’s say you still believe […]

Supporting the opposite side

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Political discussion and diplomacy involve reconciling different perspectives and objectives. Lessons learned in those areas may be relevant to reaching consensus about Book of Mormon geography.  I saw a good piece on the utility of looking at issues from an alternative perspective. Titled “Flipping the Script,” the article addresses the problems of confirmation bias and […]

If nobody is disagreeing…

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I love studying, writing and presenting about the Book of Mormon and Church History. I have met a lot of wonderful people in this process and expect to continue to do so. I sense a sea-change in the attitude of Church members toward these issues and a great renewal of interest in Church history and the […]

Two-Movie Reality

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[cross posted from http://bookofmormonconsensus.blogspot.com/2017/02/two-movie-reality.html] If you have been following the Scott Adams (Dilbert) blog, you have seen him explain political disagreements in terms of “two movies on one screen.” He means we’re seeing the same thing but interpreting it differently. His post of Feb 12 gives an excellent example. Read it here: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/157149611381/good-example-of-our-two-movie-reality I think his […]

Citation cartel spin on Zelph

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Today BookofMormonCentral.org sent out an email to all its contact people about Zelph. They sent this link to the Godfrey article: https://archive.bookofmormoncentral.org/node/122 which they recently uploaded to their archive. Godfrey is skeptical of the Zelph account as you can see from the highlighted portion of the abstract: When the twenty men who formed the vanguard of Zion’s […]

First publication of Oliver Cowdery’s portrait

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BYU Studies (Vol 36, Issue 4, Article 7, 1996) published a wonderful article about the publication of the first portrait of Oliver Cowdery titled “James H. Hart’s Contribution to Our Knowledge of Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer,” by Edward L. Hart. It is available online here: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3157&context=byusq I highly recommend the article for anyone who wants […]

What can I say more?

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You’ve probably noticed we haven’t posted much on this blog for a while. The few posts we’ve made make the point: BookofMormonCentral, which purports to be a repository for all research and evidence about the Book of Mormon, is really BookofMormonCentralAmerica. It’s not even in disguise. They outright refuse to show any alternatives to their […]