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Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon
TitleBasic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsHamblin, William J.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume2
Issue1
Pagination161-197
KeywordsAncient America; Archaeology; Assumptions; Evidence; Geography; Interpretation; Limited Geography Model; Mesoamerica; Proof
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.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/2/1/S00011-50aa647b4598211%20Hamblin.pdf

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