Mormonism and Wikipedia/Three Witnesses/Introduction/December 2009

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A FairMormon Analysis of Wikipedia: Mormonism and Wikipedia/Three Witnesses/Introduction
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Introduction

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The Three Witnesses were a group of three early leaders of the Latter Day Saint movement who signed a statement in 1830 saying that an angel had shown them the golden plates from which Joseph Smith, Jr. translated the Book of Mormon and that they had heard God's voice testifying that the book had been translated by the power of God. The Three are among the eleven Book of Mormon witnesses, of whom the remainder were the Eight Witnesses who affirmed that they "saw and handled" the plates.

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FairMormon Response

  •  Correct, per cited sources

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The Three Witnesses were Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer, whose joint testimony, in conjunction with a separate statement by Eight Witnesses, has been printed with nearly every edition of the Book of Mormon since its first publication in 1830. All three witnesses eventually broke with Smith and were excommunicated from the church he founded,

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FairMormon Response

  •  Violates Wikipedia: Neutral Point-of-View off-site— All Wikipedia articles and other encyclopedic content must be written from a neutral point of view, representing fairly, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources.

    This is simply an introduction to the article. The footnote about Joseph Smith calling the witnesses "too mean to mention" is pejorative and unnecessary.

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but to varying degrees, they also all continued to testify to the divine origin of the Book of Mormon.

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FairMormon Response

  •  Violates Wikipedia: Neutral Point-of-View off-site— All Wikipedia articles and other encyclopedic content must be written from a neutral point of view, representing fairly, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources.

    "...but to varying degrees"

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