Criticism of Mormonism/Books/B

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Analysis of books critical of Mormonism: B


Response to claims made in Becoming Gods

Response to claims made in Becoming Gods: A Closer Look at 21st-Century Mormonism by Richard Abanes

Summary: This book could best be described as an Evangelical apologetic work against Mormonism. The book spends much time refuting LDS interpretation of scriptural passages in the Bible, often claiming that Mormons have misinterpreted the scriptures and that they require "deeper study." In fact, it is claimed that LDS scholars have only a superficial knowledge of the scriptures, at one time stating that "[p]roperly interpreting them is not as simple as reading today's newspaper"

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Response to claims made in Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Response to claims made in "Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows" by Will Bagley

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Response to claims made in By His Own Hand upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri

Part I - Background

Chapter 1

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 1: How it All Began"

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Chapter 2

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 2: The Book of Abraham: A Timely Document"

Chapter 3

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 3: Charges and Rebuttals"

Chapter 4

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 4: The Papyri Rediscovered"

Part II - The Papyri Speak for Themselves

Chapter 5

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 5: An Identification and the Critical Link"

Chapter 6

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 6: The Beginning of Disappointment"

Chapter 7

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 7: The Evidence of the Papyri"

Chapter 8

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 8: The Book of Joseph"

Chapter 9

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 9: Translating Egyptian"

Chapter 10

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 10: A Close Look at the Facsimiles"

Part III - LDS Reactions

Chapter 11

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 11: The Intellectual Approaches"

Chapter 12

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 12: All Is Well"

Chapter 13

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 13: The Criteria for Rationalization"

Part IV - Conclusions and Directions

Chapter 14

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 14: Facing the Truth"

Chapter 15

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 15: Moving Beyond Rationalizations"

Chapter 16

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 16: Does It Really Matter?"

Chapter 17

Summary: Claims made in "Chapter 17: The Alternative"

The Charles Larson "restoration" of Facsimile 1

Summary: The book "...by his own hand upon papyrus" presents a "restoration" of Facsimile 1 (p. 65), which purports to be "based upon the modern study of Egyptology, and similar scenes in numerous existing papyri." However, the recent availability of high-definition images of the papyri on the Church History website now provides the opportunity to compare the Larson restoration with the original. There are a number of discrepancies which indicate that the restoration contains a number of significant inaccuracies. We examine those inaccuracies in this sub-article.