Thursday, June 30, 2005
After driving across Nevada this week, I considered how difficult it is to find water in a barren desert. Even if you know where mountains are, it's hard to predict where water will be. Now think how hard it would have been for Joseph Smith to correctly specify the location of flowing water in the Arabian Peninsula as one of the many accurate details of First Nephi - a feat especially impressive given that he had no access to topographical information to guide his description. Even learned anti-Mormons have mocked the concept of the River of Laman right up to the present day. And yet there she is, an actual river in a valley in the location described in First Nephi, only recently confirmed by actual field work in the Arabian Peninsula by George Potter and others. It's sitting there, demanding attention, yet being largely ignored by the critics who chant "not a scrap of evidence, not a scrap of evidence."
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 6:08 PM