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  June 23, 2019 To Dr. William Lane Craig: Dear Dr. Craig, I have followed your work for some years now as my interest in philosophical theology has grown. I have sporadically listened to your podcast and have read a number of both your online and print publications. I have watched a number of your ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D ⎜Part 3E ⎜Part 4⎜Part 5⎜Part 6⎜Part 7⎜Part 8 I am grateful for the responses to my series reviewing the Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM). They have come to me both as public comments on different posts in the series and as personal communications (both online and in ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D ⎜Part 3E ⎜Part 4⎜Part 5⎜Part 6⎜Part 7 Conclusion As this review demonstrates, the Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM) is riddled with misinformation, misrepresentation, special pleading, and a host of additional dubious and erroneous claims. These many problems are not simply innocuous mistakes. They represent an egregious disregard ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D ⎜Part 3E ⎜Part 4⎜Part 5⎜Part 6 Miscellaneous Errors  The Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM) features a number of small miscellaneous errors that are evidently the result of either editorial or typographical carelessness. This includes:  The Hebrew text on pp. xix and 324 is scrambled and the vowel ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D ⎜Part 3E ⎜Part 4⎜Part 5 The Abuse of DNA Science One of the foundational claims of Rod Meldrum for his “heartland” model of Book of Mormon geography is that modern science has verified a genetic link between native peoples of North America and those of the Middle East. Meldrum uses ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D ⎜Part 3E ⎜Part 4 Unsubstantiated Claims and Arguments The Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM) makes a number of unsubstantiated claims and arguments that are meant to either preclude a Mesoamerican setting for the Book of Mormon or reinforce a North American setting for the same. The following ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D ⎜Part 3E  Parallelomania At its most basic definition, “parallelomania refers to a phenomenon (mania) where authors perceive apparent similarities and construct parallels and analogies allegedly without historical basis.” In literary criticism, including biblical criticism, parallelomania has been described as “that extravagance among scholars which first overdoes the supposed ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C⎜Part 3D Misrepresentations of Historical Sources Zion’s Camp and Zelph It would be no exaggeration to say that Zelph—or, more properly, the incident involving the recovery and identification of his remains—is an important tentpole in arguments attempting to situate the Book of Mormon in the “heartland.” This is seen clearly in ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b⎜Part 3C Misrepresentations of Historical Sources Orson Pratt’s Footnotes, Manti, and Zarahemla The Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM) appeals to the geographical footnotes added by Orson Pratt in the 1879 edition of the Book of Mormon as evidence for the Heartland model. “In 1879,” the AEBOM notes, “with ... Read more

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Part 1 ⎜Part 2⎜Part 3A⎜Part 3b Misrepresentations of Historical Sources Lamanites and American Indians In addition to restricting the location of the Book of Mormon’s “choice land” to the United States, the Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM) attempts to erase or diminish the Lamanite identity of indigenous American populations outside of the “heartland.” ... Read more

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