The Book of Mormon is a work of fiction

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The Book of Mormon is a work of fiction

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  • There is no credible genetic evidence that the Book of Mormon is a historical record.

  • The doctrinal content of the Book of Mormon is best explained by modern religious discourse.

  • The names and language features of the Book of Mormon are best explained by a modern author.

  • Some stories from the Book of Mormon were derived from the life of Joseph Smith.

  • The method that Joseph Smith used to ostensibly translate the Book of Mormon is not credible

  • The way the Book of Mormon portrays indigenous Americans is best explained by an author from Joseph Smith's era.

  • Joseph Smith has a poor track record as a prophet or translator in matters other than the Book of Mormon

  • The Book of Mormon contains anachronisms.

  • There is no credible archaeological evidence that the Book of Mormon is a historical record.

  • God will verify the historicity of the Book of Mormon to those who pray to him and ask whether or not it is true.

  • Archaeological finds in the Americas have parallels in the Old World, which is evidence that ancient American immigrants arrived there by boat from the Middle East as the Book of Mormon describes.

  • There are at least eleven credible witnesses to the set of golden plates from which Smith said he translated the Book of Mormon

  • The Book of Mormon fulfills biblical prophecies.

  • The Book of Mormon exemplifies background and expertise beyond Smith's education or training.