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The Book with the Unintentionally Self-Referential Title

TitleThe Book with the Unintentionally Self-Referential Title
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGardner, Brant A.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Type of ArticleReview
KeywordsBook of Mormon

Earl M. Wunderli has written a book that works through the reasons he fell out of belief in the Book of Mormon. These are combined with issues that he has added to his original reasons. His presentation is clearly intended to suggest that what he found compelling will also be compelling to other readers. Should it? This review looks at how his arguments are constructed: his methodology, the logic of the analysis, and the way he uses his sources. Although he argues that it is the Book of Mormon that is the imperfect book, his construction of the arguments makes that designation ironic.