Jim Cobabe wrote:

> Not really anything new here.  Just more evil detractors continuing the
> attempt to dilute and de-emphasise sacred doctrines of the Church, so
> that it becomes indistinguishable from other corrupt sects.  It is

Not to disagree with you in principle, but just to pick a nit: it's the "so-called
intellectual" crowd, and I quote Pres. Packer on this deliberately, for there are
people -- and I count myself amongst them -- who are quite able to accept the
details of secular history but put them into their proper perspective and not miss
the forest for the trees. We have a cultural problem here, and this time it is not
US vs. everyone else, as I suspect some here see my worldview as bifurcating ;-)
but rather a modern west liberal democratic intellectual tradition which is
neo-hellenistic, versus sacred history, which is semitic in nature. The
neo-hellenistic approach is analytical, which means to tease apart concepts for
their constituent meanings, whereas what I call the semitic approach is synthetic,
which means to see out of the parts a whole that is greater than the sum of the
parts. Some of us appreciate art, so to speak, and others specialize in jig-saw
puzzles. The so-called New Mormon historians are jig-saw puzzle addicts. I prefer
art, myself.

> becoming quite respectable in the intellectual crowd to maintain that
> the Book of Mormon has origins in the 19th century, was somehow composed
> and fabricated by Joseph Smith, and is not the historical record it
> claims to be.  This particular school of self-appointed apologists argue
> that it doesn't make any difference to their religious understanding,
> since, like the Bible, the story is simply figurative.

"Simply figurate" is not really their error, in my opinion. There are meanings in
scripture which are difficult to get at which transcend a literalistic reading.
Ironically, that is what the new historians do: they read a sacred history as if
it were a secular history, and in doing so they destroy the thing they profess to


[and again, I emphasize, I am not arguing your point; I am trying to bolster it
and to enlarge upon it]

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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