If the Freethinker’s Book of Mormon reaches its goals, freethinking readers of all stripes can gain an understanding of the controversies surrounding the Book of Mormon informing their conclusions regarding the text, and Mormon readers can better learn how freethinkers perceive their scripture.
If anyone is foolish enough or misled enough to reject 531 pages of a heretofore unknown text teeming with literary and Semitic complexity without honestly attempting to account for the origin of those pages—especially without accounting for their powerful witness of Jesus Christ and the profound spiritual impact that witness has had on what is now tens of millions of readers—if that is the case, then such a person, elect or otherwise, has been deceived; and if he or she leaves this Church, it must be done by crawling over or under or around the Book of Mormon to make that exit. In that sense the book is what Christ Himself was said to be: “a stone of stumbling,… a rock of offence,” a barrier in the path of one who wishes not to believe in this work. (Elder Jeffrey Holland, Saftey for the Soul, October 2009 General Conference)
He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground. If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed; his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false for the doctrines of an impostor cannot be made to harmonize in all particulars with divine truth. If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would be easy to detect. (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, p. 188)
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