Thank you to the hard work and professionalism of all the volunteers at BoMC.
Many days after reading it, I have just been in awe of your excellent effort.
Such a step-up in Book of Mormon support.
I appreciate that the creators of this site seem very honest about its content
and intention. It is to build and sustain testimonies of the Book of Mormon by
those who already have one. That is fine. Of course it will not be peer reviewed
because neutral, factual scholarship is not the intention. Those with a
different conclusion, as I have, shouldn't criticize as long as this site
remains honest about their intent and the lenses through which the information
Book of Mormon Central is a helpful resource, except for the way they talk about
Book of Mormon Geography. The southern Mexico/Guatemala thing makes no sense. A
lot of people I know have problems with that.
As a lifelong student of the Book of Mormon and missionary three times, I love
it tremendously and know it is true. I'm very happy about the new videos
to be produced and know that any person who has "a sincere heart" will
not criticize the Church for doing this; we should pay no attention to those who
just want to doubt and endlessly put down what we do! I also hope very much
that the videos will include scenes based on locations in the United States (New
York, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, etc.). Apostle L. Tom Perry in a 2012 speech
told us, "The United States is the Promised Land foretold in the Book of
Mormon." In 3 Nephi 20:22 , Jesus said "This land" where he was
speaking to the Nephites would also be the New Jerusalem. All sources of
research are important to be included, not just former FARMS and Maxwell
Institute research. The Lord never said, "Thou shalt only trust Ph.D
sources as you seek a testimony of the truth." What the Holy Ghost and
Joseph Smith's words teach us are the key and will never lead us astray.
I look forward to my weekly Book of Mormon Central emails. I find the videos
very interesting. Thank you BMC staff for your work. Thank you DN for
highlighting this valuable source of information.
“Suggestions and donations are welcome through the website, Halverson
‘[I]f readers would like to give financially or otherwise,
we would be deeply grateful .
I can think of few causes more worthy
than helping more of God's children to feast upon the words of
Christ.’”There is a cause "more worthy" than
this. Sites like this solicit donations for "worthy causes," and yet
the Church is in a position to solve much worthier cause; let's following
the teaching of Christ in Matt. 25, regarding those who will be found on His
Right Hand at the Last Day: we must do all in our power to feed the hungry,
clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and administer to the needs of the sick
and afflicted.It can be done: give every human being a credit/debit
card for the basics for human survival, including food, shelter, clothing and
health care. Cap inflation for these basics at 1.5 percent per annum to avoid
We need an analogy here.Square peg in round hole.It really, really
does not work unless you force it, and pretend that it fits.
@CaptainKirkYour list of contributors to Book of Mormon Central
includes individuals with pretty impressive credentials. With this level of
academic rigor being applied to Book of Mormon studies, please tell me in which
non-LDS affiliated, peer reviewed publications I can read scholarly articles
authenticating the historicity, archaeology, agricultural, linguistics, and
similar aspects of the Book of Mormon? Also, you mentioned Stephen
Smoot as someone whose affiliation with the project adds gravitas. Could you
please confirm whether this is the same Stephen Smoot whose published position
is that there is no archaeological evidence to support the large populations
mentioned in the Book of Mormon, because the Book of Mormon is clearly an
exaggeration rather than a literal account?
"Seek learning, even by study and also by faith." D&C 88:118, 109:7,
14. One of our researchers/writers, Stephen Smoot, left us to pursue an advanced
degree in Egyptology at the University of Toronto. A former research assistant,
Juan Pinto, is currently a PhD candidate in Hebrew Studies at UT Austin. We are
satisfied that we get the study/faith dichotomy about right.
"Book of Mormon Central does not use the term "apologetics."______________________________It would be more honest if it did. To
undertake any academic study with integrity, one cannot predetermine the outcome
as any graduate student should know. To assume Book of Mormon historicity as
axiomatic is an inherent contradiction in the highest standards of academic
scholarship leaving the website wide open to criticism. I suggest that Book of
Mormon Central reconsider how it wishes to represent itself to users.
This is called indoctrination not scholarship. Huge difference.
Book of Mormon Central does not use the term "apologetics." We perceive
ourselves as faithful scholars and communicators. We believe the Book of Mormon
is beautiful, miraculous, and true. It deserves our best work. We respect
serious scholarship and strive for high standards of accuracy and intellectual
honesty. Taylor Halverson who approves KnoWhys holds a PhD in Judaism and
Christianity in Antiquity, in addition to a PhD in Instructional Systems
Technology, both from Indiana University. David J. Larsen, one of our
researcher/writers, holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from University of St.
Andrews in Scotland. Jonathon Riley, another of our researcher/writers, holds an
MA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western in Canada. Our founder, Lynne H.
Wilson, holds a PhD in Theology and American History from Marquette. Our hands
on chairman, John W. Welch, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Oxford where he read
Greek Philosophy and holds a JD from Duke. Welch has been Editor in Chief of BYU
Studies since 1991. Imagine the fun we have getting these accomplished scholars
in a room with a bunch of 20 somethings whose expertise is hits, views, listens,
likes, and shares.
I have loved reading the daily KnoWhys from Book of Mormon Central. My
understanding of the Book of Mormon has drastically increased. Studying these
scholarly articles have helped me to slow down in my study and to pay careful
attention to the content of the scriptural text. I especially love learning more
about the ancient cultures of the Near East and seeing those little cultural
details show up in the Book of Mormon. The best part of Book of Mormon
Central's efforts is making scholarly articles accessible to ordinary
interested people by including links in the footnotes. Thank you!
"If claims to scholarship are made, the web site proprietor’s feet
must be held to the fire by a diverse range of peers. From what I gather from
this article, it’s already sounding more like apologetics than
scholarship."Book of Mormon Central will not be baited into
pandering to the secular, nor allow its mission to be polluted by "a wide
range" of pining liberal voices. Some may spew their arrogant contempt on
apologetics — that's nothing new. BMC knows exactly what they are
about: a knowledgeable institute that provides FAITHFUL PERSPECTIVE.
I absolutely love using the book of Mormon central. Its helped me to advance my
studies in ways I wouldn't have been able to elsewhere.It goes
in-depth and studies its roots and history. It provides graphs and pictures to
help break it down. Its absolutely amazing! Its brought a renewed interest
in not only reading the book of mormon, but also to study it.I'm so
grateful for the website.
If claims to scholarship are made, the web site proprietor’s feet must be
held to the fire by a diverse range of peers. From what I gather from this
article, it’s already sounding more like apologetics than scholarship. The
truth will be learned sooner or later. If it’s just more apologetics in
scholarship clothing, better sooner than later.
Awesome! Love the Book of Mormon!
Full disclosure. I am quoted in this article. An excellent piece. Just a few
minor clarifications. Jack Welch did not just "start with" FARMS in
1979. He founded FARMS in 1979 along with Lew Cramer and Clark Waddoups. The
three of them were young attorneys car-pooling into work in downtown Los
Angeles. All Book of Mormon Central executives are volunteers, including Jack
Welch, Taylor Halverson, Kirk Magleby, Ruth Schmidt, Bob Babcock, and Scott
Petersen. We are moving from five KnoWhys a week to three a week in 2017. This
allows us to allocate staff resources a little differently and introduce some
new forms of content. Our Spanish translation and publication team is fully
operational. We need more financial backing to begin publishing in Portuguese,
French, and other languages important to the worldwide Book of Mormon community.
Nice job, Trent Toone.