Beware: the Media’s “Crucifixion Complex”

Commentary One of the advantages of aging is the ability to see patterns and trends. I have noticed over the decades that the media has a “Crucifixion Complex.” In short, they delight in building up celebrities, and then then they delight even more in tearing them down. They create their “gods,” and then they “crucify” … Continue reading Beware: the Media’s “Crucifixion Complex”

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (12): Characterization

If the Book of Mormon is a work of fiction, how do the critics explain the brilliant and sophisticated use of literary characterization? Quality characterization is determined by diversity, consistency, and realism Characterization is the creation and use of fictional characters. The quality of characterization is measured in three major ways. The first is diversity. Do … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (12): Characterization

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

Geography: Overwhelming Complexity and Consistency The Book of Mormon contains over 600 geographical references to over fifty separate geographical locations. (See: Mormon’s Codex, John L. Sorenson, p. 119) The book often describes the relative locations of these places with their directions and distances from other locations.  For example, Bountiful is south of the land Desolation, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (2): Categories

One way to analyze whether the Book of Mormon is authentic is to do an academic study of its authorship. There are at least 21 categories of internal evidence that establish, to a certainty, that the Book of Mormon is not an early nineteenth century work of fiction. It is too complex, too consistent, too realistic, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (2): Categories