It is simply unfounded for someone to say that her religion is the only true religion without some evidence to support that claim. As atheism itself is merely a rejection of belief in a god and makes no assertions, atheists are not obligated to prove that gods do not exist. The burden of proof, then, is on the shoulders of the religious, and I welcome and encourage the writing and reading of books that prove a religion.
It is merely a faith promoting book written to satiate the curiosity of believers with ignorance and deception. There is absolutely no tangible evidence provided in this book, and at times Hilton is actually deceptive in his presentation of information. To be fair, Hilton does not claim to have any proof of the Book of Mormon. The intent of the book then is simply to promote faith among existing believers, but like it or not, a lofty claim such as that absolutely does need to be backed up. It is true that Joseph had little formal education, but he did not go uneducated.
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Is it not possible to create a similar story to the Bible with enough study and creativity? The evidence suggests that Joseph Smith was a very clever, imaginative person. Lucy Mack Smith wrote:. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of travelings, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. The latter is awkward and constrained; the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast.
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After seeing the video, one can understand why Lehi would have been impressed with the setting and would have referred to the valley as a symbol of strength and firmness. The video also shows the grains, dates, and other edible plants available in the area, along with clear evidence that the stream flow all year round. The video also shows pottery fragments and remnants of possible altars dating to the first millennium B. The video is not highly professional, but presents the evidence clearly and is definitely worth owning. Could Potter's small stream, shallow and just a few feet wide, at most, qualify as a river?
In the published article, Potter notes that there are several Hebrew words which could qualify as the "river" of 1 Nephi 2, most of which refer to any running stream. They could also refer to seasonal waterways, such as the "River of Egypt," which is Wadi El-Arish, a wadi that fills only after storms see Anchor Bible Dictionary , , Vol. Or it can refer to large rivers like the Euphrates.
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The small stream found by Potter keeps vegetation green and healthy even when there has been no rain for months. It flows continuously, in spite of being reduced in volume by pumping upstream for use at a coast guard post and by many motor-driven pumps in the area tapping into the aquifer that is the source of the spring. In fact, it appears that the stream once had much greater flow, for there is heavy erosion of the lower canyon walls and water-laid calcite deposits on the valley floor that can be as wide as 15 to 20 feet, much wider than the stream. The river currently descends into rocky rubble as it approaches the Red Sea.
According to Dr. Wes Garner, a retired geologist from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, movement of the continental plates has caused the canyon to rise significantly since Lehi's time--the rocky place where the stream disappears as it approaches the Red Sea was previously submerged. Lehi probably would have faced a larger river that visibly flowed into the Red Sea. The shady canyon and the stream of fresh water, originating from a spring, would have provided welcome relief to the travelers and undoubtedly would have been a place where the voyagers would camp and recharge.
They may have stayed here long enough to learn that the river really does flow continuously, though they may have inferred that based on the green vegetation supported by the river. How about the location? The Book of Mormon text appears to say that Lehi and his family traveled for three days in the wilderness after the reached the Red Sea after "he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea".
Is the candidate for the Valley of Lemuel in a reasonable location to match the text?
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Yes--it's 70 miles south of Aqaba--that's the land distance that must be traveled by foot or by camel , not the distance along a straight line. That's a plausible but challenging distance on foot for three days travel, and a piece of cake by camel. Potter provides photos, a map, and detailed directions on how to get there. More remains to be learned about this amazing site--but it must be regarded as another powerful and verifiable piece of evidence supporting the plausibility of the Book of Mormon.
An anti-Mormon laughingstock has become one more piece of evidence for them to ignore. Meanwhile, skeptical anti-Mormons are encouraged to head off to Arabia as quickly as possible to see for themselves. And, for a refreshing change of pace, be sure to try a little anti-Muslim evangelizing while there. Others wishing more information are encouraged to purchase the video. Most of the arguments against the Book of Mormon are arguments of silence. According to the critics, since something in the Book of Mormon has not yet been found, it must not exist, making the book false.
But these arguments of silence have a tendency of crumbling before the voice of data. Modern ignorance about remote places and ancient peoples continues to erode, leaving the foundation of the Book of Mormon exposed as a solid fortress rising above the plains of doubt. Oh, yes--we're just in the infancy of knowledge here. Almost none of the likely candidates for Book of Mormon sites in Mesoamerica have been carefully excavated.
Many more discoveries await us--be patient! Maxwell Institute, Writing on Metal Plates Absolutely laughable in , now not only well established as an ancient practice , but as a particularly significant ancient practice in the Middle East in the era of B. Many new insights have come to light in recent years. For example, a news story from LiveScience. Etruscan gold plates dating to B. One significant issue is the ancient practice of "scriptorio"--putting the title page at the end of the book, a hallmark of ancient writings on plates from the Middle East and evidence of authenticity for the Book of Mormon.
Joseph Smith could not have known of "scriptorio" when he translated the gold plates and noted that the title page was at the end, on the last page. It's interesting to see the critics moving away from mocking the very concept of writing on metal places to now saying that it was obvious and Joseph could easily have come up with that idea on his own see the related Mormanity post or Book of Mormon Nugget The Buried Plates: Evidence of Authenticity Where did Joseph Smith get the idea of ancient records on metal plates hidden in a stone box that was buried in the earth?
Critics mocked this for decades--until many other examples of ancient records preserved on plates or in stone boxes were found.
In our day, scholars know that there is a vast ancient tradition pertaining to preserving sacred records by concealing them for some future time. Some of this evidence is brought together lucidly in John A. The practice of concealing records in stone boxes is also well attested in the ancient world and was still being practice in Moroni's day. And the use of metal for preserving sacred records is also attested, particularly in the ancient Near East.
Joseph Smith could not have known all of this though some basic concepts were known before - see " Those Implausible Plates " at Mormanity for a discussion , and his early critics had no clue either and many modern critics still remain blissfully unaware of the extensive discoveries in this area.
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How, then, if the Book of Mormon is a forgery, did Joseph manage to be so lucky as to make up a story that fits ancient patterns so well? The way covenants were made in the ancient Middle East are much different than the way we do treaties or contracts today.
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It was only a few decades ago that scholars, after studying newly translated documents from the ancient Hittites and others, began to piece together a common pattern found, at least partially, in many ancient covenants, including Old Testament covenants. My appreciation of the ancient covenant patterns found in part of the Book of Mormon actually came after recognizing the significance of these patterns in the LDS Temple concept.
This began by reading two books by modern scholars dealing with ancient religious practices and symbols. Levenson, a Jewish scholar now at Harvard. Eliade helped me to see the Temple from the ancient perspective of sacred space, to recognize its meaning and symbolism as the cosmic mountain, an axis that connects the underworld, the living, and the heavens and that provides orientation and directions for our journey in mortality.
The significance of altars, of ritual drama, of the emphasis on the Creation, and many other ancient aspects of the modern LDS Temple became much clearer and profound after reading Eliade. But Levenson's book was most valuable.