The CES letter

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I’ve had several requests to address the CES letter. If you’re not familiar with that, it’s a letter written in 2013 by Jeremy Runnells, who explains the background on his web page here: “In February 2012, Jeremy experienced a crisis of faith, which subsequently led to a faith transition in the summer of 2012. In […]

Why LDS scholars still try to discredit Letter VII

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Because the only alternative hypothesis to “Letter VII is speculation” is “I have been wrong about everything,” we can expect LDS scholars and educators who have long promoted the Mesoamerican and two-Cumorahs theories to continue trying to persuade people that Letter VII is speculation and it is incorrect.[If you don’t know what Letter VII is, […]

The crumbling of one fundamental assumption

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The astronomer Halton Arp made a useful observation when he wrote, “It is interesting how the crumbling of one fundamental assumption can have reverberations throughout the whole underpinning of one’s science.” In the context of Church history and Book of Mormon geography, the “crumbling of one fundamental assumption” has also had reverberations throughout the whole […]

History in context

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When we read historical accounts from journals, newspaper articles, or even the scriptures, we sometimes extrapolate all kinds of things from tiny bits of information without considering the broader context. People tend to interpret history to support narratives they already believe or accept.___________ We spent May 1, 2017 (May Day) in Paris. We walked around […]

Great things happening in France

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We’ve been in France for the last week, attending the open house of the Paris Temple and other things. We did a fireside on Church history and the Book of Mormon Friday night, along with an all-day conference Saturday. There is a lot of enthusiasm here for both topics. As everywhere else in the Church, […]

Update on abstract maps

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Book of Mormon lands according to BYU Last June I commented on abstract maps of the Book of Mormon. See here. Everything I wrote there still stands, including the comments, but I’m writing this post because this BYU quasi-official abstract map seems to be on its way to becoming part of the curriculum, if it […]

More confused Church history at Temple Square

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The prevailing Mesomania-inspired “consensus” has implications beyond Book of Mormon geography. It has created some weird interpretations of Church history. One of the most fascinating is on display in the North Visitors’ Center on Temple Square. Many Church members are incredulous when they discover that LDS scholars and educators are teaching the two-Cumorahs theory to […]