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Christian DNA and the Book of Mormon Record Off-site Link by Bill McKeever, of Mormonism Research Ministry
Christian Does Archaeology Support the Book of Mormon?Off-site Link There is also a longer versionOff-site Link of this paper.
Christian Does Ezekiel 37 Predict the Book of Mormon?Off-site Link According to the Mormon Church, Ezekiel 37:16-17 predicts the coming of the Book of Mormon. A careful examination of this passage reveals serious problems with this interpretation.
Christian Early American Influences on the Book of MormonOff-site Link by Thomas E. Donofrio
Christian Examining the Book of Mormon WitnessesOff-site Link
Christian Facts & Feelings: Evaluating the Book of Mormon Off-site Link by Sharon Doty
Christian The Human Origins of the Book of MormonOff-site Link by Wesley P. Walters
This essay is a survey and critique of the main lines of evidence for the human origin of the Book of Mormon proposed by Mormon Historian and General Authority Brigham H. Roberts in an unpublished paper done in the early 1920’s. In this landmark work Elder Roberts presents a powerful case for the human origin of the Book of Mormon, based on four important observations. (1) The book stands in conflict with what is known about the early American races from scientific investigation. (2) It, however, agrees with the erroneous information believed in the nineteenth-century to have been true about these early Americans. (3) Joseph Smith, Jr., had sufficient creative "knowledge" to have produced such a book. (4) The book evidences such blunders as would have been made by an unsophisticated nineteenth-century mind that lacked formal education as Joseph Smith, Jr., did.
The Mormon organization FARMS is producing the most widely read and seemingly scholarly defenses of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith available in Mormonism today. The organization focuses primarily on a defense of the Book of Mormon as a historical document. Because its members are somewhat isolated from mainstream scholarship, many critics feel they often go out of bounds in their attitude toward those who disagree with their findings and conclusions. In their defense of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon they have been accused of using faulty arguments and inadequate evidence. Despite their use (or misuse) of scholarly references, they have not found much of an audience outside of the rather narrow confines of the Latter-day Saints community.
Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Journal of Book of Mormon StudiesOff-site Link Published by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). FARMS is the leading Mormon apologetics organization, defending all aspects of Mormonism.
Christian Literary Dependence in the Book of Mormon: Two StudiesOff-site Link "Respected historian of Mormonism, H. Michael Marquardt, explores the Book of Mormon’s literary dependence on the Bible and 19th century events."
Christian Plagiarisms—The King James VersionOff-site Link Excerpt from The Kingdom of the CultsOff-site Link, by Walter Martin
A careful examination of the Book of Mormon reveals that it contains thousands of words from the King James Bible. In fact, verbatim quotations, some of considerable length, have caused the Mormons no end of embarrassment for many years.
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