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How Did Mormonism Originate? Part 2

| July 30, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1, we reviewed Grant Palmer’s conclusions about the true origins of the Book of Mormon.  There are three more foundational experiences of Mormonism that Palmer analyzes: the first vision, the angel Moroni, and priesthood restoration.  Again, if you would like to read more about these experiences, pick up Palmer’s […]

How Did Mormonism Originate? Part 1

| July 25, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Fourth generation Mormon Grant Palmer collected a mountain of historical scholarship on the origins of Mormonism and wrote a book about it in 2002: An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins.  Palmer’s goal was to communicate to Mormon laypeople the progress that had been made over the previous 30 years toward an […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 4

| July 20, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In this final post in the series, we will review apologist Rob Bowman’s final thoughts on Joseph Smith’s golden plates.  Bowman writes: Whereas the resurrection of Jesus and his appearances were obviously miraculous, supernatural occurrences, there is nothing supernatural or miraculous about a set of metal plates with engravings on them. […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 3

| July 18, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 2, we continued looking at Rob Bowman’s online exposition of how the witnesses of Jesus’s resurrection and the witnesses of Joseph Smith’s golden plates compare to each other.  In part 3, we will compare the lives of the witnesses after their experiences of either the resurrection or the viewing of […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 2

| July 14, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1, we started looking at Rob Bowman’s online exposition of how the witnesses of Jesus’s resurrection and the witnesses of Joseph Smith’s golden plates compare to each other.  We pick up where we left off. Bowman next looks at the “contrast between the makeup of the collection of publicly […]

How Do the Witnesses of the Gold Plates Compare to the Witnesses of the Resurrection? Part 1

| July 13, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Mormons believe that their founder Joseph Smith was shown the location of some golden plates by an angel.  These plates, which were allegedly engraved in a language called Reformed Egyptian, were then translated by Smith into the Book of Mormon. What is interesting about these golden plates is that they are […]

Mormon Challenge

| February 12, 2010

Post Author:  Darrell Brigham City, Utah’s Living Hope Ministries has produced several great videos on Mormonism, including DNA vs. The Book of Mormon and The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon.  If you are looking for some material to share with an LDS neighbor or friend, I would highly recommend both of these videos.  Thanks to a post on Jessica’s […]

Jeffrey R. Holland's General Conference Talk

| October 27, 2009

Post Author: Darrell In the most recent LDS General Conference, Jeffrey R. Holland gave an impassioned talk regarding The Book Of Mormon.  As defense for the truthfulness of The Book Of Mormon, Holland cites the fact that he has yet to hear of any acceptable explanation for its origin aside from God.  First of all, I vehemently […]

The Mean Man Who Does (Not?) Bow Down

| October 10, 2009

Post Author: Darrell In my last post, I discussed one of the areas where Joseph Smith plagiarized and changed verses from The Bible.  Let’s take a look at another example.  Chapter 12 of 2 Nephi in The Book of Mormon is taken directly from Isaiah chapter 2.  However, there are a few areas where Smith made changes.  Verses 8 & […]

The Book of Mormon… Another Testament?

| February 21, 2009

The Book Of Mormon is called “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” by the LDS Church.  The Title Page in the Book Of Mormon says specifically… “The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ”.  I was reading some material earlier this morning and something about this title hit me hard… the word TESTAMENT.  Why do they […]

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