Friday, January 11, 2008

The AP on the BOM Change

The Associated Press has reached a new low in their recent article on the change to the Book of Mormon introduction. (Thanks to bigidybone for pointing it out.) May I point out the inaccuracies?

"After thousands of years all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians," the new introduction reads.

In previous editions, the phrase was "are the ancestors."


Actually, that's not what it said. Way to research.

What's the big deal? Church defenders say there is nothing important in the change.

But skeptics view it differently. The issue is that church missionaries have long portrayed Book of Mormon stories as fact. To them, it looks like the new wording is a quiet concession that DNA research accurately contradicts the scriptural claim.


What does this have to do with whether the Book of Mormon is historically accurate? The Book of Mormon does not make the claim that the Lamanites are the principle ancestors of the Native Americans. And whether they were or were not the principle ancestors does not in any way hurt the claim that the Book of Mormon stories are true. If the author understood even vaguely what the Book of Mormon is about, she would know that. Instead, she uses the rest of the article to discuss this change as evidence that the Book of Mormon isn't historically true.

I understand that there is something to be said for creating a balanced story, but that doesn't mean we should accept both sides without challenging erroneous reasoning from opportunistic activists.

1 comment:

Tracy Hall Jr said...

Isaiah has a word to say about a journalists like Jennifer Dobner:

"That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought." (Isaiah 29:21)