Problems with LDS truth-claims

Before read­ing about the prob­lems, you may want to first con­sid­er the pros and cons of inves­ti­gat­ing the truth-claim data.

Very short summaries

More significant summaries

Other summaries

Addi­tion­al resources and dis­cus­sion can be found at Mor­mon­Think1 and the exmor­mon book­shelf, mor­mon, mor­mon­schol­ar, and exmor­mon sub­red­dits.

Official and Apologetic Resources

Addi­tion­al apolo­getic dis­cus­sion may be found at the lat­ter­day­saints sub­red­dit.

Responses to the CES Letter

The CES Let­ter is the most well-known com­pi­la­tion of prob­lems with LDS truth-claims. Below are respons­es to the CES Let­ter. Where he has respond­ed, I’ve includ­ed a link to the response by Jere­my Run­nells (author of The CES Let­ter).

General pros/cons of the LDS lifestyle


  1. www​.mor​mon​think​.com is a vast resource for pre­sent­ing and dis­cussing LDS truth-claims. The site states that they are “nei­ther an anti-Mor­mon web­site nor an LDS apol­o­gist web­site”, but the dis­cus­sion and tone is over­whelm­ing­ly crit­i­cal, lest the read­er be mis­eld by this dis­claimer. Regard­less, it is a high­ly use­ful resource as long as the site’s bias is clear­ly appre­ci­at­ed.

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BWV 549 could you go over my blog.

Its about the Hopewell civ­i­liza­tion breast­plates head plates woven cloth­ing DNA etc match­ing the Nephite Civ­i­liza­tion here are some pop­u­lar post.

My Blog basi­cal­ly states that the Hopewells are the Nephites for many and var­i­ous rea­sons. I think many crit­ics are afraid to tack­le the Hopewell civ­i­liza­tion.

Reformed Egypt­ian Four Sur­viv­ing Char­ac­ters
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​n​a​t​i​v​e​-​a​m​e​r​i​c​a​n​-​e​g​y​p​t​i​a​n​-​h​i​e​r​o​g​l​y​p​h​.​h​tml

Arche­o­log­i­cal Evi­dence of the West Sea For­ti­fied Line
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​a​r​c​h​e​o​l​o​g​i​c​a​l​-​e​v​i​d​e​n​c​e​-​o​f​-​w​e​s​t​-​s​e​a​.​h​tml

Native Amer­i­can Hebrew like tem­ples
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​n​a​t​i​v​e​-​a​m​e​r​i​c​a​n​-​h​e​b​r​e​w​-​l​i​k​e​-​t​e​m​p​l​e​s​.​h​tml

Book of Mor­mon Cloth/Clothing
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​b​o​o​k​-​o​f​-​m​o​r​m​o​n​-​c​l​o​t​h​c​l​o​t​h​i​n​g​-​a​n​d​-​b​u​t​t​o​n​s​.​h​tml

Hill Cumorah Mass Bur­ial Pits and Bat­tle­grounds
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​h​i​l​l​-​c​u​m​o​r​a​h​-​m​a​s​s​-​b​u​r​i​a​l​-​p​i​t​s​-​a​n​d​.​h​tml

Best Book of Mor­mon DNA Evi­dence X2A’J
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​b​e​s​t​-​b​o​o​k​-​o​f​-​m​o​r​m​o​n​-​d​n​a​-​e​v​i​d​e​n​c​e​-​x​2​a​.​h​tml

Book of Mor­mon Swords
http://​bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​6​/​0​9​/​b​o​o​k​-​o​f​-​m​o​r​m​o​n​-​s​w​o​r​d​s​.​h​tml

There are many more

Bwv549
bwv549

Thank you for com­ment­ing with these links. As you know, I’ve read some of your oth­er posts here on this site; I also went and read through some of these posts at the bookof​mor​monev​i​dence​.blogspot​.com loca­tion. You’ve accu­mu­lat­ed a lot of inter­est­ing evi­dence, and I think it’s fas­ci­nat­ing. I know you aren’t unfa­mil­iar with these data, but here’s my gen­er­al response: A sub­stan­tial amount of the evi­dence we have on the Hopewells and a poten­tial con­nec­tion to Jew­ish cul­ture and/or the Mid­dle East was already known (and pop­u­lar­ized) dur­ing Joseph Smith’s time (pre 1830). Giv­en that there is a tremen­dous quan­ti­ty of 1800s thought present in the Book of Mor­mon, on what grounds can we argue that what is men­tioned about the ancient cul­tures in the Book of Mor­mon is not mere­ly a reflec­tion of an 1800s mind on the top­ic? Specif­i­cal­ly, what data from the Book of Mor­mon that is… Read more »

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