The Mormon story is that the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel didn’t simply assimilate into other populations under the enslavements and dispersals of the great empires of ancient times (which is what most historians, Jewish and non-Jewish, believe). Instead, they made their way east to the Americas and created a civilization that Jesus teleported to after he had come back from the dead, before he rose up into the sky.
This had the advantage of prepping North America to house the United States as God’s Chosen Country, personally blessed by Jesus.
But there is a problem: no archaeological remains from the civilization detailed in the Book of Mormon.
However an interesting website shows how dedicated believers can use the power of the human brain to construct fantasies of contorted logic to meet their predetermined objectives. This page of RestoredIsrael.org appears to outline the following argument:
- There is a discrepancy between Scientific timelines and Biblical timelines, regarding prehistorical events.
- The Bible is correct, of course.
- The Scientific sequence is correct, but the timelines have to be adjusted to fit within the Biblical 7,000 years.
- We have virtually no archaeological evidence from 100,000 to 40,000 years ago, and none from the Americas.
- That equates to the Biblical period of 2400 BC to 2200 BC.
- Therefore we should not be surprised that we can find no evidence of the Ten Lost Tribes’ activities in the Americas from the Biblical period of 2400 to 2200 BC.
Do I understand this correctly? I am open to correction. I may not have grasped all the intricacies, but this looks clear enough: Mormon archaeology is pure fantasy. And that’s logical, as it’s based on a book which is pure fantasy.
Yes and for $20 we can also compare them with the Book of Dungeon & Dragon Eberron Campaign. Absurdity! and onto the next curtain with … .Scientology!
I also tend to mention Mormons and Scientologists in the same post. They have the highest profiles of the blatantly fraudulent modern religions.
There is also the problem of having horses before the Spanish arrived.
The BOM talks about horses, but I can’t remember the chaper and verse.
But, I did show two Mormon missionaries that passage and they never came back.
There is also a problem with the North American indians working in metal. They didn’t, although South American indians did.
Your first paragraph is blatantly false and misleading. You said,
“The Mormon story is that the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel didn’t simply assimilate into other populations under the enslavements and dispersals of the great empires of ancient times (which is what most historians, Jewish and non-Jewish, believe). Instead, they made their way east to the Americas and created a civilization that Jesus teleported to after he had come back from the dead, before he rose up into the sky.”
First, Church doctrine DOES state that the lost ten tribes have assimilated into other populations. An incredibly small part of this process took place in the Americas.
Also, teleported? Really? The insulting connotations of the word are not lost on us.
Also,in reference to the rest of your article, lack of evidence is not evidence that a society did not exist. Remember, you are talking about a religion, not a scientific hypothesis.
Also, RestoredIsrael.org is in NO POSITION to dictate the standing or doctrines of the church. To base your assessment of the religion on a secondary source is pointless.
I find most Mormons to be genuinely nice people, but poorly educated.