Gnosticism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi Library

My previous post comments had drifted off topic, so I thought I’d post a new topic along those lines. Gnosticism means “secret knowledge.”  This is not to be confused with the term Agnostic, which means “without knowledge.”  Typically, Agnostic people are without knowledge of God.  Some are atheists, but not all.  Agnostics typically are ambivalent […]

Significance of Cohen Haplotype

I’m certainly no DNA expert. But here’s some thoughts anyway. First of all, finding any sort of Hebrew DNA anywhere in the Americas certainly gives critics of the Book of Mormon pause, as it directly refutes some of their arguments. But how important is this discovery? Let’s talk about the name Cohen first. As I […]

The Exodus and the Book of Mormon

I recently came across a blog of Zelph, who is struggling with some tough issues in Mormonism.  I also posted a comment in The Milk Ceiling about the Exodus.  I thought I would address some of these issues. Too often, I think we have a concrete view of religion.  Either something is true, or it […]

Have the Lost 10 Tribes been found?

Ok, I probably won’t get too many comments on this, but it is an interesting topic for me. For some quick background, I previously posted on this topic. I recently purchased a copy of “Quest for the Lost Tribes” by Simcha Jacobovichi. In this documentary, he tries to make a case where he identifies most […]

Why are the 12 Tribes of Israel important?

The LDS Church has a list of 13 general beliefs, which was composed by Joseph Smith in the 1830’s. It does not cover everything the church believes, but is a good guide. In the 10th article of faith, it states, “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten […]