The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards “The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

First Principles

This summarizes my approach to Church history and Book of Mormon issues:

“Don’t just follow the trend… It’s good to think in terms of the physics approach or First Principles. Which is rather than reasoning by analogy, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths you can imagine and you reason up from there.” | Elon Musk


Start with the most fundamental truths--what Joseph and Oliver said--and reason up from there. 

When we do that, the narrative makes sense. The New York Cumorah, the translation of the plates with the Urim and Thummim, the restoration of the Priesthood and temple keys, and all the rest.

In the process, we can set aside all the other commentary and speculation by modern intellectuals in the citation cartel.

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