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Fundamentalist "suicide bombing" with regard to DNA issues
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Question: Do Christian critics of the Book of Mormon have a double standard regarding DNA evidence?
Many sectarian critics use DNA science in a figurative "suicide bombing" attack on the Church
It should be remembered too that many sectarian critics use DNA science in a sort of "suicide bombing" attack on the Church.  The fundamentalist Christian critics are happy to use DNA as a stick to beat the Book of Mormon, but do not tell their readers that there is much stronger DNA evidence for concepts which fundamentalist Christian readers might not accept, such as:
- evolutionary change in species
- human descent from other primates
Fundamentalist Christians do not call on their congregations to abandon such literalistic Biblical concepts as a "young earth"
And, despite being inconsistent with DNA data, fundamentalist critics do not call on their congregations to abandon such literalistic Biblical concepts as:
- the earth being only 6,000 years old
- a Biblical Adam and Eve were the parents of all humanity only 4,000 years before Christ
- a world-wide, Noachian flood which exterminated all life except that which was in the Ark, occurred approximately 5,000 years ago
The critics are often hypocritical—they claim the Saints should abandon the Book of Mormon on flimsy, dubious science, and yet do not tell their audience that they should (by the same logic) abandon religious beliefs of their own that have much more DNA evidence against them.
- The expression "suicide bombing" in this context comes from Stewart, "DNA and the Book of Mormon."
Discussions of this ironic twist are found in:
- Daniel C. Peterson, "Editor's Introduction," FARMS Review 15/2 (2003): ix–lxii. off-site