The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which, according to adherents, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. A skeptics experience with the book of mormon real life. The book of moron mormon is a kickass musical by trey parker and matt stone. Mormon is allegedly a prophethistorian who was the native american believed by mormons to have written the book of mormon the main religious text of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints mormonism. Every time the book of mormon has met a true challenge, the result has been nothing short of colossal failure. Sep 19, 2014 of households with kids and guns 43% have at least one unlocked firearm.
There are only two options when it comes to the book of mormon. Skeptical about the nyts mormon skeptic piece july 21. Wells spent some 20 years researching the bible, the quran, and the book of mormon to generate his skeptic s annotated bible. Online bom project gutenberg mirror skeptics annotated book of mormon. The skeptic narrative relies on david whitmers boldfaced lie to support the notion that the publishers in toronto should have been destined or forced to accept the book of mormon. This is the official page for the book of mormon study class in bismarck, north dakota. The skeptics annotated bible, a harsh criticism of the bible, is written by steve wells. As an ordained lutheran minister, robert hullinger approaches joseph smith and the book of mormon skeptically. Another testament of jesus christ is considered by some as a scriptural text written by ancient prophets living in the americas from 600 bce to 400 ce. In this instance i am talking about the christian application of the word, specifically. What 2 engineers discovered after using statistical. An account written by the hand of mormon upon plates. Approaching the book of mormon with healthy skepticism, by. The book of mormon is the true word of god, another testiment of jesus christ our beloved saviour who was given as a sacrifice by god the eternal father to ultimately atone for and pay the price of the sin of the whole world, ye the whole of mankind from the time of adam to the present day and beyond.
The book of mormon claims to be a translation of ancient writing on gold plates. A journal of latterday saint faith and scholarship contends that his book itself contains strong evidence that favors the book of mormon evidence that coe has not taken into account. I will not be found going after such a delusion, thayer retorted. Earlier that year, some of the workmen he employed told him of rumors circulating about joseph smith and his translation of the book of mormon. One lifechanging question from the book of mormon and the. Approaching the book of mormon with healthy skepticism, by bill.
Jan 17, 2016 listen in on a chat between me and three mormon missionary girls. In one of the verses quoting isaiah the book of mormon includes a copying. Polygamy is still doctrinal in heaven and included in lds scripture. After a fitting conclusion to his record in the book of mormon, the prophet jacob writes a prophetic postscript. Mormons claim that the book of mormon was written by and about the ancient americans, and yet it describes the ancient americans smelting steel, using domesticated horses, and cultivating old world crops like wheat and. When i first encountered the book of mormon, i assumed it was a hoax. A guy from upstate new york uncovers a set of golden tablets conveniently located in his neighborhood, which he then translates with a weird breastplatespectacle thing, and which he then conveniently loses. First, it utterly lacks historical or archaeological support, and there is overwhelming empirical evidence that refutes it. Joseph smith was a prophet of god, who literally saw god the father and jesus. As soon as it became clear that the book of mormon was not true and that joseph smith was not a prophet everything else just toppled over like a. My knowledge of the truth of the book of mormon started with one threepage chapter in the book of alma, a kind of sub book within the book of mormon.
A believer might point out that the book of mormon was merely reflecting the reality of life in early america, and that eventually the jewish immigration and genocide. Again, its nothing that would convince a skeptic, but it allows the book of mormon to stand on its own to some degree with the assistance of the higherlevel, feelingbased reasons for believing. Other mormon scriptures doctrine and covenants pearl of great price the book of moses the book of abraham writings of joseph smith the articles of faith plagiarism. Listen in on a chat between me and three mormon missionary girls. Over the last couple centuries, a lot of questions have surrounded the book of mormonqueries about its origins, its authenticity, and its teachings have been perpetuated by skeptic and believer alike.
The book of mormon is more dangerous than the bible. By contrast, the archeological evidence for the bible is so overwhelming that even a former skeptic such as the great. However, a recently published article in interpreter. His forays into the middle east and ancient greek world turned him into a bible believing christian after every archaeological study he attempted proved luke to have been accurate to the. In the first, god created humans male and female after he finished making all of the other animals. No skeptic should dismiss this view without having first read terryl givenss by the hand of mormon 6, grant hardys understanding the book of mormon 7, royal skousens work with the original dictated manuscript of the book of mormon 8, kent browns description of the near eastern setting for its opening scenes 9, and the outpouring of.
When testing kids, one third of 812 yearold boys who found a handgun also pulled the trigger. Jul 21, 20 skeptical about the nyts mormon skeptic piece july 21. Sabom skeptics annotated bible quran book of morman. Joseph smith professed having a vision in which he saw god and jesus. From the first writings of nephi to the dying testimony of moroni, the book of mormon contains questions. The book of mormon origin story is admittedly hard to swallow. Mormon generational saga the first volume of this series, entitled family and mormon church roots. Book of mormon study class, bismarck, north dakota. It is either a true record and joseph is a prophet who was called to translate it.
What are they and how are they are affecting bill mckeever duration. And so the mentions of material matters are presumably given to update the readerone who is reading carefullyon the temporal context of the spiritual stories. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. Nov 01, 20 however, despite my skepticism, the implications of a knowledge of the truth of the book of mormon seemed immense and important to me, so i still desired to know. Maybe youve heard about holocaust victims and deceased celebrities like elvis being posthumously baptized in mormon churches. In the fall of 1830, ezra thayer was living in the township of farmington, new york, with his wife, elizabeth, 1 and their children. The book of moses the book of abraham writings of joseph smith the articles of faith plagiarism.
Mormonism is a religion less than two centuries old, but in this short time it has managed to accrue a long list of embarrassments which the church leaders would prefer were kept silent. An analysis of the book is useful, not because it tells us anything at all about ancient america, but rather for the insights that it gives us into the human psyche, into. An illustration of the current lds edition of the book of mormon, depicting the. A skeptic might point to the two themes circulating throughout the country as evidence that the book of mormon was written sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century. In addition, the very content of the book of mormon makes it impossible to accept it as divine revelation. Both books contain gods guidance as revealed to prophets, as well as religious histories of different civilizations. Importance of the book of mormon in the lds church joesph smith is well known for making the following statement regarding the book of mormon. Why did joseph smith fail to sell the book of mormon. The skeptic s annotated book of mormon off site skeptical indexes and commentary to various passages of the book of mormon. His brother insisted there could be no harm in going to listen. The official facebook page for the skeptic s annotated bible.
If the bible is historical and deals with religion, it can be seen as no different from any other historical text they usually incorporate the dominant religion in the older traditions. It analyses the king james version of the bible and is particularly useful against king james onlyfundamentalists. Doctrine and covenants pearl of great price the book of moses the book of abraham writings of joseph smith the articles of faith plagiarism. As an exmormon, myself, i cant describe what it felt like when, in beginning to become a skeptic, i looked up information on the mormon church and found this. A skeptic discovers mormonism hardcover january 1, 1946 by timberline wales riggs author. Skeptic mormon saturday, april 2, 2011 the book of mormon musical the book of mormon is part coming of age story that chronicles the attempts of two naive mormon missionaries as they share the mormon message in uganda, and part hilarious religious satire which parker and stone describe as an atheists love letter to religion. We are witnessing the reinvention of the book of mormonnot by skeptical critics, but by believing apologists. Parker and stone later carried over many themes from the episode for their musical the book of mormon, which opened on broadway in 2011. There are no proofs, but there are some really strong indicators. Why the message behind the book of mormon musical is so. What is your take on skeptic michael coes analysis of the. Mormon skeptic im just a little skeptical about this guy. I told the brethren that the book of mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to god by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. Second, the book of mormon contains none of the key mormon doctrines.
There are various evidences but i will include a few brief examples. An account written by the hand of mormon upon plates taken from the plates of nephi. The book of mormon was literally translated from goldcolored metal plates that physically existed. Knowing of my knowledge of mormonism and my skepticism in general, the. It analyses the king james version of the bible and is particularly useful against king james only fundamentalists. There are a lot of definitions for this word depending upon its usage. Book of mormon difficulties, contradictions and explanations. David michael reflects on reading the book of mormon cover to cover duration. Joseph smiths translation and publication of the book of mormon, excerpted by fairmormon. This is the first volume of a multivolume work entitled the quest for the new jerusalem. Supporters of the book of mormon claim it uses chiasmusa figure of speech utilizing inverted parallelismand claim it is evidence to support the books ancient origin.
The book of mormon musical the book of mormon is part coming of age story that chronicles the attempts of two naive mormon missionaries as they share the mormon message in uganda. The latter day saints believe that the book of mormon is a sacred text with the same divine authority as the bible. To the skeptic, the book of mormon is an interesting example of early american frontier fiction, both quaint and pretentious, a living monument to human greed and gullibility. Josephs vision is known as the first vision in mormon theology and is accepted as doctrine. Apr 02, 2011 the book of mormon musical the book of mormon is part coming of age story that chronicles the attempts of two naive mormon missionaries as they share the mormon message in uganda, and part hilarious religious satire which parker and stone describe as an atheists love letter to religion. Parker and stone later carried over many themes from the episode for their musical the book of mormon, which opened on broadway in. A skeptic discovers mormonism riggs, timberline wales on. The book of mormon, made public by joseph smith in 1830, is a. Maybe youve heard about holocaust victims and deceased celebrities like elv. The quick and dirty case against mormonism 2004 by kyle j. Top 10 embarrassments of the mormon religion listverse. With only one writer who plans to post regularly now ive made it about my personal journey out of religion. While the bible is written by and about the people in the land of israel and surrounding areas and takes place from the creation of the world until shortly after the death of jesus christ.
The lost book of mormon audiobook by avi steinberg. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american. The book of mormon has been met with skepticism since its publication in 1830. This scriptural text begins with a family leaving jerusalem lead by their father lehi a prophet, around 600 bce, having been commanded by god to do so in a dream. What is less well known is that the book of mormon makes a large number of unacknowledged biblical quotes. People are free to choose their own beliefs, to accept whatever they want, and to choose their own fate. Joseph smith, was a polygamist and that the book of mormon and other scriptures were. Coe, a prominent mesoamerican scholar and a wellknown skeptic of the book of mormon, recently died in new haven september 25, 2019, aged 90 coe was a great scholar, and one can mine his considerable oeuvre for many strong evidences for the book of mormon. The path of the book of mormon to broadway the new. Nearly all the great discoveries of men in the last half century have, in one way or another, either directly or indirectly, contributed to prove joseph smith to be a prophet.
The book of mormon is literally a historical record of real ancient inhabitants that really lived in the americas and came over by boat from the old world. Jul 07, 2007 exmormon skeptic originally this was a general blog about science and religion from the point of view of an exmormon skeptic. Joseph smiths response to skepticism signature books library. In the second, god made one man adam and then created all of the animals in order to find a helpmeet for adam. Parker found that younger audiences found the episode unfunny, but many of his mormon friends found it hilarious. This is important because the latterday saints make such a point about it containing the fullness of. And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, i sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto i should be ordained to administer the same. Here again, martin sought to use empirical proof the manuscript itself as evidence that joseph could do what he claimed.
Exmormon skeptic originally this was a general blog about science and religion from the point of view of an exmormon skeptic. Skeptic mormon my blog as a religious skeptic and retired mormon. I noticed that michael coe and john dehlin discussed how damning the lack of any evidence for iron arrowheads and brass helmets was for the book of mormon, despite the. Skeptics have put forth several theories of book of mormon authorship that do not require believing in golden plates delivered by angels and. Knowing of my knowledge of mormonism and my skepticism in general, the threeagainstone tactic is played out in my local library. Over the last couple centuries, a lot of questions have surrounded the book of mormon queries about its origins, its authenticity, and its teachings have been perpetuated by skeptic and believer alike. The book of mormon contains extensive quotes from isaiah some twentytwo chapters of the prophet are found in the book, in many cases quoted verbatim from the king james version.
Skeptics and most archeologists believe that the book of mormon is a hoax, and that it was written in the early 19th century by joseph smith or some other individuals. If you believe that the book of mormon is a product of joseph smiths imagination as i do, then it is likely that he had alma voice the argument william paley popularized about 30 years before joseph wrote it. I was going through my notes when i found this paper that my trainer from my mission gave me. He, too, desired to learn more about the book of mormon and demanded that thayer go with him to hear the smiths preach. Now if youre still here to read, prepare to groan first. Whether the book is incongruous to history depends both on how carefully a person reads the book of mormon, and exactly how and where a personal situates the book of mormon. For example, critics of mormonism have shown convincing proof that the book of mormon is a synthesis of earlier works written by other men, of the vivid imaginings of joseph smith, and of plagiarisms from the king james bible. Even for the most ardent skeptic, its hard not to be curious about the church of jesus christ of latterday saints.
These plates were supposedly written 1,400 years ago and detailed the history of the jewish nephites from 600 b. Jun 20, 2010 approaching the book of mormon with healthy skepticism, by bill mckeever. An account written by the hand of mormon upon plates taken from the plates of nephi, who claimed that it had been. The book of genesis begins with two contradictory creation accounts 1. The complete texts of the bible, quran, and book of mormon, with annotations from a skeptic s point of view. The story of martin harris desire to take the 116 pages of book of mormon manuscript to convince his family and friends that joseph was a genuine prophet is also well known. Maybe youve seen the hit musical comedy the book of mormon. The nonbelievers guide to the book of mormon audiobook. Jul 07, 2007 this is one of my favorite stories from the early days of the mormon church. If you believe that the book of mormon is a product of joseph smith. The story of how it came about is rather fantastic, after all, and the simplest explanation is that the book was a deliberate deception. To support aarons seminary education and content creation.
One lifechanging question from the book of mormon and. Nov 18, 2014 joseph smith is considered the translator or author depends on who you ask of the book of mormon. However, despite my skepticism, the implications of a knowledge of the truth of the book of mormon seemed immense and important to me, so i still desired to know. Apr 22, 2016 illustration from from darkness unto light. It was first published in march 1830 by joseph smith as the book of mormon. The official facebook page for the skeptics annotated bible. Coe is also a prominent skeptic regarding the book of mormon. All about mormons was released on dvd along with the rest of the seventh season on march 21, 2006. Skeptics have put forth several theories of book of. The book of mormon is the word of god, like the bible. Infamous 19th century atheist skeptic sir william ramsay decided to once for all prove the bible wrong by attacking the book of luke, archaeologically. The skeptic s annotated bible, a harsh criticism of the bible, is written by steve wells.1 1230 565 388 86 863 1462 1257 1129 975 896 205 1464 1141 1206 1427 1585 607 1040 309 938 355 101 914 53 1242 1013 532 192 871 234 959 646 408 1292