The argument from ‘Possible Textual Influence’ or ‘Literary Similarity’ IS NOT THE SAME as the argument from ‘Source Plagiarism’. Apologists dismiss the former by attacking the latter which is a ‘straw man fallacy’. I neither need to prove that Joseph Smith read any of the books included below before the publication of the Book of […]
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It seems almost beyond doubt that if Joseph Smith did not have in his possession actual “gold plates” of the ancient and Nephite variety, then he most likely produced an imitation with which to deceive his family and friends, including the eight witnesses. An imitation which, for the most part and as far as we can […]
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1. The united voice of the First Presidency can “never lead the church astray” [Wilford Woodruff], “…or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord” [Joseph Fielding Smith]. The phrase “lead the church astray” is ambiguous but perhaps it can be restated more broadly to mean… […]
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