Questions on the Book of Mormon, its Author and his Work

"frankly state events as they occurred, in full consideration of all related circumstances, [and] allow the line of condemnation or justification to fall where it may... "
B.H. Roberts from the epilogue in The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past

Table of Contents

  1. Book of Mormon Culture
  2. Book of Mormon Metallurgy
  3. Book of Mormon Animals
  4. Book of Mormon Crops
  5. Book of Mormon Geography
  6. Book of Mormon Script
  7. Book of Mormon Races
  8. Book of Mormon Witnesses
  9. Book of Mormon Style and Inconsistencies
  10. Prophecies in the Book of Mormon
  11. Influenced by Joseph Smith's background
  12. Influenced by the KJV of the Bible
  13. Influenced by happenings of early 19th century America
  14. Main themes of Mormonism not in Book of Mormon
  15. Treasure Hunting and Magic
  16. First Vision

The following points and questions aren't intended to be 'anti-Mormon' although many believers in the Book of Mormon's historicity take them that way. Rather, they are to help sort things out and help us come out 'true Mormons' who receive truth from all sources. As you browse through them don't forget the admonition of Mormon Historian and General Authority B.H. Roberts above. Likewise, you don't want to miss out on the sublinks which help explain the questions and concerns raised. Reviews of this page have been made both online and via email in which the reviewers basically ignored the referential links.

If you aren't already familiar with the term 'Occam's Razor', you may wish to brush up on its meaning and usefulness before proceeding. Perhaps it can help us all do as Carl Sagan suggests and winnow deep thoughts from deep nonsense.

Book of Mormon Culture

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Book of Mormon Metallurgy

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Book of Mormon Animals

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Book of Mormon Crops

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Book of Mormon Geography

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Items (such as the Book of Mormon) that have this many unanswered questions are difficult to have faith in. If as Joseph Smith says in Alma 32:21, we should only have faith in things which are true, we can easily rule out having faith in those things in life for which there is no evidence for or for which there is evidence against.

"Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction -- faith in fiction is a damnable false hope."
-- Thomas Edison

For more on the subject of Book of Mormon historicity, see New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology, the FARMS rebuttal (previously linked from this page) is no longer available for free on the internet.

For a response to the information presented above, see (page no longer on the internet) by Malcolm Ross. It doesn't appear that Malcolm read anything on the site except portions of this page. He claims that your time would be better spent just reading FARMS publications rather than looking at the above questions. His final suggestion is to rely on the faulty methodology found in the Book of Mormon itself rather than tangible evidence. A site viewer's comments on Ross' response can be found here.