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Introduction to Book of Mormon History

Updated: Mar 12, 2019

Welcome to A place where scholarship meets Book of Mormon readers in decisive ways. A place where critical thinking abounds and honest answers to hard questions find a home. Book of Mormon History provides easy access to current research for personal study.

Christianity is declining across the USA (look at the study). Adults identifying themselves as 'Christian' declined 8% from 2007 to 2014. Over 1 in 3 Millennials have no religious affiliation. Huff Post highlighted a study published in Sociology of Religion showing over 60% of biology professors were either athiest or agnostic. 5% of professors professed a belief of the Bible as the actual Word of God vs a whopping 48% who thought it an 'ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts.' Yet, within the same study, over 50% of professors proclaimed belief in a God.

Questions abound for any religion and any religious book, even the New Testament. Brilliant scholars sit on both sides of belief and reason. Some Christians dogmatically dismiss the Book of Mormon without consenting to any criticisms of their own contradictions. In actuality, a heated debate battles within different halls of academia between Minimalism and Maximalism regarding the reliability of the historical contents within the Hebrew Bible.

The intent of this article is not to discredit the Hebrew Bible or take a side in the saga of Biblical history. Please consider your own internal biases either towards the Bible or against towards the Book of Mormon or against it. Biblical believers who dismiss the Book of Mormon on historical grounds must first acknowledge: the book so many Christians believe as infallible and inerrant is critically reviewed and questions abound. The extant questions surrounding the Bible rival the questions surrounding the Book of Mormon. Both books require faith. Neither book is unquestioned, in fact, far from it.

Remarkable apologetic research supporting the historicity of the Resurrection and multiple critical events in the Bible exist. Just as remarkably, apologetic studies of the Book of Mormon and its geology, archaeology, ancient writing structure, linguistics, etc., not only exist, but apologetic peer reviewed journals and publications now benchmark continued research of the text. Scholars publishing research on the Book of Mormon include well over 350 professionals who lead their respective fields and operate within over 170 organizations. For the critic or believer, it might be hard to keep up with the plethora of quality research now available from so many quality voices through so many forums.

It isn't a lack of available answers or resources, but the need for one trusted source to provide a foundation and springboard into deeper independent studies. Someone needs to give you a straight answer and point you in the right direction for more.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and believers. Our vision is to foster a thriving belief in the historicity of the Book of Mormon and its translation. We value scholarship to help studies through a simple delivery.

OUR WHY is more than just a list of answers. OUR WHY makes the text of the Book of Mormon and its peoples come to life. Please join our quest to learn everything possible about the Book of Mormon.


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