The Charge of "Racism" in the Book of Mormon

Title

The Charge of "Racism" in the Book of Mormon

Conference Name

2003 FAIR Conference

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Year of Publication

2003

Authors

Publisher

FairMormon

Conference Location

Orem, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Tvedtnes, John A. "The Charge of "Racism" in the Book of Mormon" In 2003 FAIR Conference, Orem, UT: FairMormon, 2003.

Abstract

Determined to read the Book of Mormon in purely naturalistic nineteenth century terms, rather than as an ancient text, recent criticisms of that volume of scripture are offended by some descriptions of Lamanites in the text. This is particularly true when the Nephites describe the Lamanites in pejorative terms, such as blood-thirsty, idolatrous, ferocious, idle, lazy, and filthy. The question is whether these terms can be considered “racist,” and whether supposed “racist” attitudes of the Nephites are evidence against the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
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