Ok, I’m ready to lay this to rest. It doesn’t seem to generate much interest, so here is my final post about my review of http://www.bookofmormongeography.info
I thought I’d post the more egregious errors here, instead of going section by section as I had originally intended to do. I just checked the site, and got a chuckle out of this little exchange:
On May 29th, 2008 admin says:
Measure Erie, PA to Rochester, NY.
- Click on the map above to see how far from the coast these 2 cities are. Shouldn’t the land Southward be closer to the coast of North America? After all, pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- If Buffalo, NY is the land Bountiful, why is there no mention of blizzards? After all, Buffalo is noted for its poor weather.
You call that justification? In the “Errors” section, you said people should figure the internal map first, and then you did just the opposite. Puhleeez.
Here are some unanswered questions of the theory, along with some other points.
- Is seismic activity normal for NY? A catastrophic earthquake from 2000 years ago would provide great evidence for your theory. Does the evidence exist?
- The website never addresses the issues of cement. The author says that the only extravagant building mentioned is Noah’s palace, but Nephi says his temple was after the manner of Solomon’s temple. Shouldn’t a cement building last longer than wood?
- Lake Tonawanda is from wrong time period. 10,000 BC is not same as 600 BC.
- The author calls Genessee River Gorge a “sea.” Seems more like a river….
- Where are bones from last battles? Mass graves? Weapons?
- Why did Moroni bury plates in a war zone (Cumorah)? Wouldn’t it have been easier/safer to bury them away from the fighting?
- The author attacks Evolution, when he means to attack Carbon Dating. Evolutionists didn’t create carbon dating, chemists did. He is attacking the wrong scientists when he says mammoth is from 600 BC not 10,000 BC. Whether he chooses to attack evolutionists, or carbon daters, he’s not just fighting uphill, he’s fighting up a cliff.
- Does Geology say Niagara Falls rose/fell 2000 years ago? I don’t think so.
- Archaeological Evidence Section should be renamed “Archeological Speculation”. There is absolutely no evidence in this section. Perhaps it is plausible, but a prosecutor would be fired if he referred to these things as evidence.
- “pre-historic stone age savage” does not describe the more civilized Nephites/Lamanites who fought with iron.
- Seneca and Iroquois do not date to BoM times. I know you did not mean to imply this, but it is easy for the reader to make this leap.
- Where is the evidence for barley, wheat, other grains?
- Why is there no mention of DNA evidence?
I’m happy to discuss these problems, but it seems like the crickets are chirping too loud for me to hear any rebuttals…