01 February 2013

Anti-Mormons Are Lazy: Not One Has Risen To The Challenge

Anti-Mormons do too much "talkie-talkie" and no, "walkie-walkie." They speak too much about the "fabrication" of the Book of Mormon but why is it that no one will rise to the challenge to recreate something like it? The answer... because they can't. 

Who in the entire human history of mankind can create with their fabricated imagination a book that has gathered a 15 million and growing discipleship in the allotted time of just 183 years? Let the world know of your discovery  of any religion in history that has risen out of debt to the forming of a multi-billion dollar religion in 183 years. Let the world know of your discovery of any religion in history that donates 10% of their tithing every paycheck and pays $400 per month for 2 years to send their son or daughter on an LDS mission. Let the world know of your discovery of a religion that built 140 temples, 15 missionary training centers with over 65,000 missionaries each year serving the poor and needy. Let the world know of your discovery of a religion that is the world's leading experts in Genealogy with over 4,500 family history centers and information of over 3 billion deceased people. Let the world know of your discovery of a religion that has established a women's organization starting with 6 to over 6 million. 

Truman Grant Madsen
Philosopher Truman G. Madsen once said,"For years it has been said that anybody who had lived in Western New York or anybody who would take the time could grind out such "imitation scripture" himself. Hugh Nibley, becoming a little impatient with that sort of nonsense, once had a class of Middle East students, all of them from the Palestine area or farther East. At the opening of his class he said: "I am making a term paper assignment. By the end of the semester I would like each of you to write 522 pages having the following characteristics." And then he outlined what the Book of Mormon has and is. So far he has not received the assignment back."-Truman G. Madsen

The following assignment Hugh Nibley gave to students studying the Book of Mormon:

Hugh Nibley
"Since Joseph Smith was younger than most of you and not nearly so experienced or well-educated as any of you at the time he copyrighted the Book of Mormon, it should not be too much to ask you to hand in by the end of the semester (which will give you more time than he had) a paper of, say, five to six hundred pages in length. Call it a sacred book if you will, and give it the form of a history. Tell of a community of wandering Jews in ancient times; have all sorts of characters in your story, and involve them in all sorts of public and private vicissitudes; give them names--hundreds of them--pretending that they are real Hebrew and Egyptian names of circa 600 b.c.; be lavish with cultural and technical details--manners and customs, arts and industries, political and religious institutions, rites, and traditions, include long and complicated military and economic histories; have your narrative cover a thousand years without any large gaps; keep a number of interrelated local histories going at once; feel free to introduce religious controversy and philosophical discussion, but always in a plausible setting; observe the appropriate literary conventions and explain the derivation and transmission of your varied historical materials.

"Above all, do not ever contradict yourself! For now we come to the really hard part of this little assignment. You and I know that you are making this all up--we have our little joke--but just the same you are going to be required to have your paper published when you finish it, not as fiction or romance, but as a true history! After you have handed it in you may make no changes in it (in this class we always use the first edition of the Book of Mormon); what is more, you are to invite any and all scholars to read and criticize your work freely, explaining to them that it is a sacred book on a par with the Bible. If they seem over-skeptical, you might tell them that you translated the book from original records by the aid of the Urim and Thummim--they will love that! Further to allay their misgivings, you might tell them that the original manuscript was on golden plates, and that you got the plates from an angel. Now go to work and good luck!

"To date no student has carried out this assignment, which, of course, was not meant seriously. But why not? If anybody could write the Book of Mormon, as we have been so often assured, it is high time that somebody, some devoted and learned minister of the gospel, let us say, performed the invaluable public service of showing the world that it can be done."[i]

Today I give the same challenge to Anti-Mormons. Here are the following instructions that will be needed for you to prove that Joseph Smith was fraudulent in making up the Book of Mormon:

[i] Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 8, Ch. 11, pp. 221-2:
[ii] Robert Paul "Joseph Smith and the Manchester (New York) Library. p.3
[iii] Robert Paul "Joseph Smith and the Manchester (New York) Library. p.3


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