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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Questions about Book of Mormon Evidence

While a lot of you have used my page on Book of Mormon evidence, many of you have not seen the companion "Mormon Answers" page of frequently asked questions about Book of Mormon Evidence. I hope that it may be helpful to some of you.

On a different topic, I just updated my "Mormon Answers" page on the First Vision to include a link to "Moroni: Angel or Treasure Guardian?" by Mark Ashurst-McGee in Mormon Historical Studies, Volume 2, Number 2, Fall 2001. (Thanks to Kevin Christensen for sending e-mail about it.) This article refutes the charge of some anti-Mormons that Joseph initially claimed that he encountered Moroni as a "guardian" of the gold plates, in a way consistent with folk-lore and magic, rather than encountering Moroni as an angel of God. The critics say that the angel story came later as Joseph dressed things up. But the evidence suggest that the revisionism in this story comes from anti-Mormon critics, not Joseph Smith.

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