Anyone else catch this article in the SL Tribune noting that there is a movement among the apologentsia to suggest that the Book of Mormon took place exclusively in North America (east of the Mississippi)? According to the article, this movement is gaining some traction among Mormons. As if Mormons need any more reason to advocate their own version of “Manifest Destiny,” to believe that the BofM is a North American book will only encourage this. Ughh!
Of course, the part that I really like about this – it shows just how ridiculous trying to locate the Book of Mormon really is. Why, you ask? My in-laws went on a Book of Mormon lands tour in Central America a few years ago. They spent thousands of dollars to be guided around southern Mexico and Guatemala by some Mormon hack who reinterpreted everything actual scientists had unearthed in Book of Mormon language. And now, Mormon tour guides are going to be setting up tours to Kentucky and Ohio to see the “Book of Mormon lands.” At what point do the every-day Mormons stop and ask themselves, “Why do I keep paying these hacks to feed me B.S.?”
The strongest position the apologentsia can take on the BofM is simple: “We don’t know where it happened and there is no way to know.” Why? It’s non-falsifiable, just like faith. Et voila, no more science to disprove the ridiculous truth claims.