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|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||Hamblin, William J.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Ancient America; Archaeology; Assumptions; Evidence; Geography; Interpretation; Limited Geography Model; Mesoamerica; Proof|
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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