Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Bible, Book of Mormon, Criticism, Geography, Mesoamerica, Civilization, Language, Modern Church, Hill Cumorah, Joseph Smith, Scholarship, Publications


Anti-Mormon criticisms of the Book of Mormon are frequently based on a questionable set of assumptions concerning the nature of historical and archaeological evidence, the role of governing presuppositions, and the nature of historical proof. Using arguments found in a recent anti-Mormon critique by Luke Wilson as a foundation, this article analyzes difficulties of reconstructing ancient geographies, problems with the discontinuity of Mesoamerican toponyms, the historical development of the idea of a limited geography model, and challenges of textual and artifactual interpretation when trying to relate the Book of Mormon to archaeological remains.