Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon

Title

Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1993

Authors

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

161-197

Volume

2

Issue

1

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Bibliographic Citation

Hamblin, William J. "Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 2. 1993:161-197.

Abstract

Anti-Mormon criticisms of the Book of Mormon are frequently based on a questionable set of assumptions concerning the nature of historical and archaeological evidence, the role of governing presuppositions, and the nature of historical proof. Using arguments found in a recent anti-Mormon critique by Luke Wilson as a foundation, this article analyzes issues of the difficulties of reconstructing ancient geographies, problems with the discontinuity of Mesoamerican toponyms, the historical development of the idea of a Limited Geography Model, and difficulties of textual and artifactual interpretation when trying to relate the Book of Mormon to archaeological remains.

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