Date: November 18, 2012 07:47PM
I obviously haven't read Sorenson latest attempts. But
scholarship of BoM Geography...? OMG. These folks are really down deep in the rabbit hole.
If the book of mormon were true, you couldn't help but stumble into a jaredite-boat load of archaeological evidence. Why?
1) the rapid, cataclysmic destruction of more than a dozen cities as depicted in 3 Nephi 8-10 would leave marked and dramatic evidence.
2) the utopian, rich, industrious, populous, peaceful, non-racist society described in 4 Nephi would have left archeological evidence about as great as the Greek civilization. Cause there's never been a society that "good" for that long and that industrious in all of history.
There is no face-of-land changing, uber destruction of a dozen cities in three days anywhere. Not even close.
Instead of a populous christian society, the major mesoamerican populations of that era (~150AD) practiced a not-so christian human and infant sacrifice at the temple (Teotihuacan) that is host to the god that many Mops represent as Christ (Quetzalcoatl). (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_the_Feathered_Serpent
Instead of worshiping Christ and his sky daddy, the Teotihuacán civilization worshiped a plurality of gods
If AmeriChrist wiped out all the wicked (3 Nephi 8 & 9) then how could there be human sacrifice and idolatry in Mesoamerica at the same time the nephites who spread over the face of the whole land (Mesoamerica) were the bestest christians ever known?
And (again my broken record) we would expect that archaeology evidence from the 35-220AD era (according to 4 Nephi):
• huge population “multiplied” across the land (v. 10, 23)
• great industry and building (v. 7-8, 26)
• complete peace (v. 2, 4, 13, 15, 20)
• little or no poverty (v. 4, 23)
• no slavery (v. 3)
• no racism; no segregation (v. 17)
• all were Christian; no idolatry (v. 2 & 3 Ne 8-9, 4 Ne:2)
Sorenson can't believe he explains this in his new book...
Even if the geography of more than a dozen cities which stretched from sea to shining sea (Helaman 3:8) were somehow limited to a small region, it would be found given the claims of a utopian society rising out of the ashes of Destructo-Jesus' fiery burning and drowning of so many people. Think about the vikings who visited a remote (extremely limited geography) location of icy Canada and left lab-fulls of trace evidence. Smith's Nephite population claimed to spread righteously, industriously, peacefully and prosperously from sea to sea over the face of the whole land leaves nothing except a bitter taste in our mouths.
According to the Desnews: "Sorenson said that in his forthcoming book, he identifies 420 "correspondences" between the Book of Mormon and what scholars understand regarding Mesoamerican civilizations."
420. That explains Sorenson's reasoning right there.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/18/2012 07:56PM by Jesus Smith.