Source:Rediscovering the Book of Mormon:Ch:2:1:Complexity of Mormon's work

Hardy: "The Book of Mormon, to the dismay of critics and believers alike, is a very complex book"

Hardy: "The Book of Mormon, to the dismay of critics and believers alike, is a very complex book"

Grant R. Hardy:

The Book of Mormon, to the dismay of critics and believers alike, is a very complex book. This complexity disturbs critics because it makes it hard for them to believe that anyone in the nineteenth century could have written the book. This complexity also taxes the patience of Latter-day Saints who may be looking for simple, straightforward answers. But the Book of Mormon is neither simple nor straightforward. It presents itself as a translation of an ancient record. Furthermore, much of it is an abridgment of numerous sources compiled and edited by the prophet-historian Mormon.[1]

Notes

  1. ↑ Grant R. Hardy, "Mormon as Editor," in Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co.; Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991), Chapter 2.