Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, September 10

Book of Mormon: The Five Questions the Mormon General Authorities Could Not Answer

Response to: “The Five Questions the Mormon General Authorities Could Not Answer” (about the Book of Mormon)

by grego

http://www.bibletopics.com/biblestudy/138.htm

“THE FIVE QUESTIONS ROBERTS COULDN’T ANSWER
The five questions the Mormon General Authorities could not answer:
[and then the five]”.

See this for the questions and answers: http://farms.byu.edu/publications/review/?vol=9&num=1&id=248.

That response, folks, was written in **1997**; and I doubt it’s the first of it’s kind. So that means the questions have been adequately answered now (and I’m sure we’ll continue to get better answers) for over **11 years** and yet it’s still up on the http://www.biblestopics.com as a reason why the Book of Mormon and Mormonism and Joseph Smith are frauds! Oh, don’t feel too bad, though–“Five Questions…” is also up on a whole bunch of other “religious” websites.

To the principle: there are lots of questions lots of top people in fields don’t know. That includes LDS (Mormon) leaders. Was there an urgent need to get these answers that required immediate revelation? Nope. But we have answers now. Cool, huh?


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2008, September 9

grego: Critique of “The Disappointment of B. H. Roberts”

grego: Critique of “The Disappointment of B. H. Roberts” at bibletopics.com

It’s quite short, actually, because there’s not really much to the whole article.

“The Disappointment of B. H. Roberts”
(http://www.bibletopics.com/biblestudy/138.htm)

Here, I’ll sum up the article for you: Brigham H. Roberts, a church leader and thinker, couldn’t answer some questions, and it troubled him, and at one time doubted the book of Mormon was of divine origin but thought it was written by Joseph Smith. Of course, this is all cast in wording that persuades the reader to follow along with Roberts.

Oooohhhhh. No doubt if B. H. Roberts doubted, the Book of Mormon is therefore false!

Huh?

Oh, yeah, that old illogical fallacy of “appeal to ‘authority'”. (Not that B. H. Roberts was “authority”…)

And if a man had doubts about something, what did that prove? Anything? Anyone?

If you want a better, clearer, deeper answer that shows much of what was written was wrong, check here:
http://en.fairmormon.org/B.H._Roberts’_testimony_of_the_Book_of_Mormon
farms.byu.edu/display.php?id=248&table=review

There is one more part of the article that I’ll respond to:
“He [B. H. Roberts] investigated “the imaginative mind of Joseph Smith.” He quotes Joseph’s mother who recalled how Joseph would give “amusing recitals” in which he would describe, “the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of traveling, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship.” All this, Roberts acknowledged, “took place before the young prophet had received the plates of the Book of Mormon.” Roberts suggests that Smith became caught up in spiritual “excesses” out of which he imagined prophecies and manifestations:
“His revelations become merely human productions. . .Morbid imagination, morbid expression of emotions [were] likely to find their way into the knowledge of Joseph Smith and influence his conceptions of spiritual things.”

Ok, there’s stuff in the Book of Mormon about warfare and religion, true. But I would like to know, where is all the “morbid imagination” and “morbid expression of emotions” in the Book of Mormon? Where is all the “amusing recital”? (Wait… So was Joseph Smith morbid or amusing??) Where are all the descriptions of “the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of traveling, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular”? Where’s a connection? Anyone? You can’t find them either, eh? There seems to be a very big difference between Joseph’s stories and the Book of Mormon…

For the five questions (and their easy answers), see the next post…

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