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Ancient writings support LDS doctrine and teachings (LDS Caucus)
Deseret News ^ | Monday, Apr. 28, 2008 | By Rodger L. Hardy

Posted on 04/29/2008 6:06:04 AM PDT by restornu

Ancient writings unearthed in the last century and a half, primarily in Egypt, are lending support to doctrines and teachings of Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Brigham Young University professor of antiquities said Sunday.

C. Wilford Griggs, who has written extensively on Egypt and is working on excavating Christian burial grounds in Egypt, said scholars are now admitting that "Joseph Smith got into the antiquities" before experts in the field began their discoveries, but they won't accept his explanation.

Smith, an uneducated farm boy, claimed he translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates using instruments given him by an angel, but scholars are refusing to believe that, Griggs said during a fireside, "Joseph Smith and the Egyptian Connection," at the Pleasant Grove Manila Stake Center. Some of the ancient writings have been found in the past few years.

Many scholars are now admitting that the book accepted as scripture by church members is an ancient book, but as one scholar of antiquities told Griggs, he had no problem with the gold plates and Smith's story would be acceptable "if you'd get rid of that angel."

Anciently, the fountain of Christian knowledge was Egypt and the Mediterranean region and for about 1,000 years 90 percent of the people were in the faith "until they were converted to Islam by the sword," he said.

"We are being flooded with (ancient) writings," Griggs said, describing many as coming from the biblical New Testament period. Many of the writings, now totaling about 8,000, are on papyri, but others are on metal plates. None are exactly alike, which lends historical credence to the finds.

The apostles scattered throughout the known world and established pockets of Christianity after the time of Jesus Christ, including Egypt, he said. Some of the best early Christian records were found in Egypt, where they survived because of the climate.

The traditional concept that the Bible is complete came about 400 A.D., he said. Before then Christians knew that many other writings existed.

Many of the Christian teachings found in Egyptian digs that are shared in common with Smith's teachings have to do with the temple "and how the heavens can be open to us," Griggs said.

Among those findings is the teaching of baptism by proxy for folks who have died without learning of Christ and his gospel, which centers on the resurrection.

Anciently, baptism was known as a "sealing" to go to heaven, he said. The word "sealing" is used today in LDS temples in similar fashion.

Most of the writings which have now been found were secret anciently and held back from the people until they proved their worthiness.

Some speak of the potential of their divinity, also a common theme Smith taught, which the first LDS prophet said was given to him by revelation.

"Several of the gospels ... show that revelation was alive and well in the ancient world. Revelation was a keystone," Griggs said.

Yet centuries later, revelation and temples were denounced by religious leaders, including Augustine, as unnecessary.


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1 posted on 04/29/2008 6:08:09 AM PDT by restornu
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To: restornu
Many scholars are now admitting that the book accepted as scripture by church members is an ancient book

Names, please.

2 posted on 04/29/2008 6:10:03 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake
I hear an strange echo of the story of an arab man in a cave.

Smith, an uneducated farm boy, claimed he translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates using instruments given him by an angel,

4 posted on 04/29/2008 6:13:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: restornu
Many scholars are now admitting that the book accepted as scripture by church members is an ancient book...

May I assume there's some good reason the "many" are not named?

This one sentence qualifies the whole piece as hogwash.

5 posted on 04/29/2008 6:14:40 AM PDT by GOPJ (Rev. Wright "ministered" to Bill Clinton after Monica. Is that a hint?)
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To: restornu; Elsie
That is so sad and pathetic. "Unnamed scholars make me feel better about shredding my brain and believing two mutual-exclusives: monotheism and polytheism! Yayy!"

Guy needs a cup of Mormon Coffee.

Badly.

6 posted on 04/29/2008 6:17:51 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: restornu

Excuse me, but this is FreeRepublic where articles are posted and then the floor is opened for discussion, posting of additional corroborating information, etc.

If you don’t think it needs to be discussed, then by all means let’s have the moderator lock this thread. Then if anyone thinks this article is worthy of discussion, someone else will just start a new thread where we can hash out the merits of this fascinating Joseph Smith finding.


7 posted on 04/29/2008 6:19:31 AM PDT by Perseverando
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To: GOPJ; wideawake; DManA

This is LDS caucus a closed session it is not open for debate it LDS News.

Please respect this thread!

I have never barge in on other closed threads to disrupt do you not believe in the golden rule!


8 posted on 04/29/2008 6:21:31 AM PDT by restornu
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To: DManA

“I hear an strange echo of the story of an arab man in a cave.”

Indeed.

As did Muhammed, Joseph Smith made it all up. He “wrote the book” by himself.

Fortunately for us, he left out the parts about jihad.

- John


9 posted on 04/29/2008 6:22:32 AM PDT by Fishrrman
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To: restornu

Who are the scholars mentioned in the article?

I would also be interested in a line by line comparison of the ancient writings that were apparently discovered recently to the specific claims of Smith that historians traditionally dispute.

One of the things that ended my study of Mormon teaching was that archeology and other fields fo study seemed to very easily discredit not the doctrine revealed to Smith, but the story of how it made it from the Holy Land into Smith’s hands. If scholars have actually found objective proof to the contrary, that would be very interesting.


10 posted on 04/29/2008 6:22:46 AM PDT by Notwithstanding ("You are either with America in our time of need or you are not" - Hillary from Senate well 9/12/01)
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To: restornu

Open forum, open discussion. Take it to your own web site if that’s what you want.


11 posted on 04/29/2008 6:22:51 AM PDT by DManA
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To: restornu
This is not a devotional thread.

It is a thread claiming to set forth scientific knowledge in the field of archaeology and philology.

Flaming any thread is never a good idea, and it is surely not flaming to inquire as to the reliability of the scientific data and alleged scholarly consensus put forward on the thread.

For example, the article says: "Anciently, baptism was known as a 'sealing' to go to heaven, he said."

Among which ancients was baptism known as "sealing"? Certainly not to the authors of the New Testament, who never use the word "seal" (sphragis) to describe baptism (baptisma).

12 posted on 04/29/2008 6:22:56 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: restornu
LOL @ 'unnamed' scholars'. I suppose these would be the same dubious scholars who accept the idea that the golden plates were written in King James English????
13 posted on 04/29/2008 6:23:06 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: Fishrrman
You're right, that is not a trivial distinction.

Fortunately for us, he left out the parts about jihad.

14 posted on 04/29/2008 6:24:25 AM PDT by DManA
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To: wideawake; All

3. “Closed” threads on the Religion Forum include devotionals, prayer threads and caucuses. The header of the thread should make it obvious that the thread is closed, i.e. like a church meeting behind closed doors. Such assemblies will not be disturbed. Any challenges or ridicule will be removed. Any thread can be designated a caucus - e.g. labeled as a “[Catholic Caucus]” or “[LDS Caucus]” - provided that neither the article nor any of the posts challenge [*see footnote] or ridicule any other confession. These are “safe harbors” for those who are easily offended or are ill equipped to defend their own confession.

It is disingenuous to complain that your confession is being maligned when you are NOT using the caucus designation to protect the thread from challenges!

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15 posted on 04/29/2008 6:24:36 AM PDT by restornu
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To: restornu
This is not a devotional thread. It contains an article which makes claims to archaeological and philological discoveries.

I have ridiculed no one.

What I have done is asked for more background on the archaeological and philological claims made in the article.

16 posted on 04/29/2008 6:27:15 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: restornu

“Most of the writings which have now been found were secret anciently and held back from the people until they proved their worthiness. “

Sounds like these unnamed “scholars” found some more Gnostic writings.


17 posted on 04/29/2008 6:27:49 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: Perseverando; restornu
Excuse me, but this is FreeRepublic where articles are posted and then the floor is opened for discussion, posting of additional corroborating information, etc. If you don’t think it needs to be discussed, then by all means let’s have the moderator lock this thread. Then if anyone thinks this article is worthy of discussion, someone else will just start a new thread where we can hash out the merits of this fascinating Joseph Smith finding.

Yes, I agree. This is not a typical "devotional" when such claims as "Anciently, the fountain of Christian knowledge was Egypt..." are made. Certainly posters can continue to be respectful, but to make the claim that the "fountainhead" of Christianity and its knowledge is Egypt is way off base.

Certainly, what the article states--Some of the best early Christian records were found in Egypt, where they survived because of the climate--is true...as the Coptic Christian church in Egypt has done a good job in preserving artifacts.

18 posted on 04/29/2008 6:28:20 AM PDT by Colofornian (What's a planetary compound w/a local god ruling polygamous wives? LDS celestial kingdom)
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To: All

I think the problem is, in part, this new FR format that throws both headline and text of comments up on the screen, regardless of any caucus designations.

To see something like this article scroll by and expect people to ignore the challenge of it is not realistic, or even fair, despite any protective notion of a caucus designation. I mean, honestly, if somebody posted an article titled “Conclusive Proof That Joseph Smith Was Full of Crap,” I wouldn’t expect LDS members to see that and not come in and challenge it, even if it was tagged “Christian Caucus” or even something like “Anti-Mormon Caucus” that supposedly shields the piece from debate.


19 posted on 04/29/2008 6:31:31 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: restornu; All
3. “Closed” threads on the Religion Forum include devotionals, prayer threads and caucuses. The header of the thread should make it obvious that the thread is closed, i.e. like a church meeting behind closed doors. Such assemblies will not be disturbed. Any challenges or ridicule will be removed. Any thread can be designated a caucus - e.g. labeled as a “[Catholic Caucus]” or “[LDS Caucus]” - provided that neither the article nor any of the posts challenge [*see footnote] or ridicule any other confession. These are “safe harbors” for those who are easily offended or are ill equipped to defend their own confession.

Listen, you've picked an article that (a) talks about pre-Mormonism (pre-1830 history); and (b) pretends to speak for Christianity about where the "fountainhead" of our knowledge is (claiming Egypt).

Do you mean to seriously tell us that if I posted an article saying the true source of Mormonism wasn't Joseph Smith--that its "fountainhead" were other sources--that Mormons wouldn't be able to comment as long as I attached "caucus" status to it?

20 posted on 04/29/2008 6:32:38 AM PDT by Colofornian (What's a planetary compound w/a local god ruling polygamous wives? LDS celestial kingdom)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
Sounds like these unnamed “scholars” found some more Gnostic writings.

I would guess that you are correct, since the Gnostic mystery religions of the Mediterranean in the Hellenistic period usually had such worthiness requirements for being initiated into deeper knowledge, etc.

These degrees of intiation are echoed today in various Masonic organizations as well as in recently invented religions like "A Course Of Miracles" that Oprah Winfrey has recently been peddling.

21 posted on 04/29/2008 6:34:10 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: restornu; Religion Moderator; All
provided that neither the article nor any of the posts challenge [*see footnote] or ridicule any other confession.

The following statements certainly sound like "challenges" to Christianity:

The traditional concept that the Bible is complete came about 400 A.D., he said. Before then Christians knew that many other writings existed.

Most of the writings which have now been found were secret anciently and held back from the people until they proved their worthiness.

Some speak of the potential of their divinity, also a common theme Smith taught, which the first LDS prophet said was given to him by revelation.

Yet centuries later, revelation and temples were denounced by religious leaders, including Augustine, as unnecessary.

22 posted on 04/29/2008 6:35:07 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wideawake

And don’t forget Scientology.


23 posted on 04/29/2008 6:37:14 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: wideawake; restornu
It contains an article which makes claims to archaeological and philological discoveries.

Of course it offers no physical proof of these discoveries. Does someone at least have photographs of these discoveries or have they been secreted away like the golden plates?

24 posted on 04/29/2008 6:38:04 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: restornu

Religion Moderator
*Footnote on Caucuses

When we first began using Caucus labels to close threads in the interest of providing “safe harbor,” the Calvinists posted several articles which represented what the Catholics believe. Several Catholics strongly objected to such a thread qualifying for a closed caucus. Other posters agreed and so did I.

After much discussion on thread, we determined that a caucus thread cannot be used as cover to take shots at another confession, argue against other confessions’ doctrines and traditions and so on. The other confession has an interest in rebutting statements made “against” it - no matter how mild those statements might be.

Factual statements alone cannot remove a caucus protection, e.g. the current Pope is named Benedict, Martin Luther died in 1546, etc.

But when a poster of another confession protests that statements made in a Caucus are incomplete, inaccurate, a strawman or whatever – and I determine those statements to have merit - the Caucus label must be removed so that rebuttals can be made.


Re: I have never barge in on other closed threads to disrupt do you not believe in the golden rule!

The golden rule? Oh is that where the one with the “Golden Plates” makes the rules. Guess I’d have to see the Golden Plates first.

If you mean by Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you’d have them to unto you,” then yes, I would want others to know the Truth (Jesus Christ), as I have come to know Him.

Jesus (the Truth) came to set the captives free.


25 posted on 04/29/2008 6:39:44 AM PDT by Perseverando
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To: Fishrrman
“As did Muhammed, Joseph Smith made it all up. He “wrote the book” by himself.”

I read the Book of Mormon, and although I was open-minded about it, it soon became apparent that it was a novel in biblical style, and making a case for the conquest and subjugation of the indians and other dark-skinned races.

26 posted on 04/29/2008 6:40:51 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: restornu

“This is LDS caucus a closed session it is not open for debate it LDS News.

Please respect this thread!

I have never barge in on other closed threads to disrupt do you not believe in the golden rule!

Speak English and use proper punctuation and grammar??


27 posted on 04/29/2008 6:41:03 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: restornu; wideawake
It is disingenuous to complain that your confession is being maligned when you are NOT using the caucus designation to protect the thread from challenges!

What if the title to a thread was:
Ancient writings support atheist doctrine and teachings (Atheist Caucus)

Would it be disingenuous for Christians to ask that the caucus designation be removed and for proof of these writings?

28 posted on 04/29/2008 6:41:44 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: william clark
I mean, honestly, if somebody posted an article titled “Conclusive Proof That Joseph Smith Was Full of Crap,” I wouldn’t expect LDS members to see that and not come in and challenge it, even if it was tagged “Christian Caucus” or even something like “Anti-Mormon Caucus” that supposedly shields the piece from debate.

BINGO

29 posted on 04/29/2008 6:45:50 AM PDT by GOPJ (Rev. Wright "ministered" to Bill Clinton after Monica. Is that a hint?)
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To: Religion Moderator

Should this really have “caucus” status?


30 posted on 04/29/2008 6:50:13 AM PDT by hiho hiho
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To: wagglebee
You've touched upon the point where the article's thesis becomes confusing for me.

The article does not explicitly state, but seems to imply, that there have been discovered purportedly Christian writings which predate the canonical New Testament texts and which contain doctrines that conform to LDS theology.

Is the argument that these texts are simply fragments of or paraphrases of the Book Of Mormon?

Or is the argument that these texts supplement the Book Of Mormon?

If so, this would be an enormous archaeological breakthrough.

To date there has never been found a non-canonical Christian document that definitively predates the canonical documents. The only non-canonical document that any claim can be made for at all is the purported "Gospel Of Thomas", but even the earliest daters of that text give a compositional range that falls after the composition of the canonical Gospels on the late end. There are no internal historical details in the Thomas text that give any clue to when it was written and the parallels between the layout of Thomas and the Diatessaron indicate that it was probably cribbed from the Diatessaron - which is a much more well-attested text - some time in the 170s or 180s.

So if papyri were found that are undeniably Christian and likely predate the canonical texts, this would be a major finding that would be reported in organs besides The Deseret News.

I really wish the article had given more concrete details of who found these texts, exactly where they were found, which scholars have made these analytical comments, etc.

31 posted on 04/29/2008 6:51:08 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Notwithstanding
but the story of how it made it from the Holy Land into Smith’s hands. If scholars have actually found objective proof to the contrary, that would be very interesting.

My question has always been that if Mormonism was brought to America, why didn't European explorers find a continent inhabited by Mormons? Why did it fail?

32 posted on 04/29/2008 6:52:11 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: restornu
Just throwing something out there (discussing history, not theology). This could be a reverse impact. Instead of ancient documents reinforcing what is in the Book of Mormon, could it possibly be that the Book of Mormon is reflecting on archetypes and themes that where popular during the enlightenment period. If you look at the correlation of time, this may be something to discuss. During this time (late enlightenment period), you had many groups exploring esoterica within Jewish, Hindu, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Much of the political and humanity thought from the early enlightenment philosophers did influence revolutions, such as the US. It may go without saying that the influence of enlightenment philosophers extended beyond the politic to religion?

Just a thought for discussion.

33 posted on 04/29/2008 6:54:33 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: restornu
Sorry Charlie but the Book of Mormon as a historic source is a complete wash.

Native American language is not Semitic but Asiatic.

Native American genetics is not Semitic but Asiatic.

None of the historic events, peoples or civilizations described in the Book of Mormon have found any outside corroboration.

Believe with faith if you must, but lets not insult the truth by saying it conforms to your faith; it does not.

Mormons are great people though, my hat is off to them for their strong faith, strong families, and strong ties to the GOP.

34 posted on 04/29/2008 6:57:08 AM PDT by allmendream (Life begins at the moment of contraception. ;))
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To: wideawake

I agree, this would be an incredible discovery and there would at least be pictures.

Of course I still have problems with the claim that Egypt was the “fountain” of Christian knowledge for a thousand years.


35 posted on 04/29/2008 6:57:39 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: mnehrling
Instead of ancient documents reinforcing what is in the Book of Mormon, could it possibly be that the Book of Mormon is reflecting on archetypes and themes that where popular during the enlightenment period.

Yes. Someone from that time in New York observed within a few years of Smithism's establishment that the Book of Mormon touched on every one of the hot topics of discussion in that time and place. And if ancient documents should happen to reinforce what is in the Book of Mormon, they will more likely than not be reinforcing the parts of the B of M that were cribbed from the KJV.
36 posted on 04/29/2008 6:59:50 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: restornu; All
I removed the Caucus restriction on this thread. This thread is not directly a devotional or what would fall in other caucus guidelines, instead, this is a discussion of an unconfirmed historical find and possible connections. This should be open to discussion and debate.

HOWEVER. Keep it respectful and debate or discuss like adults. I don't have patience for disrespect today.

37 posted on 04/29/2008 7:01:02 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: wagglebee; restornu

Due to the excerpt posted by wagglebee, which compares LDS beliefs to non-LDS beliefs and in particular Augustine - the caucus label will be removed and the thread opened for discussion.


38 posted on 04/29/2008 7:01:40 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: restornu
I have never barge in on other closed threads to disrupt do you not believe in the golden rule!

What on earth does the "golden rule" have to do with this situation. If I was posting an article like this I would want people to freely comment - so is it you who doesn't believe in the golden rule?

And by the way, I have "many" un-named experts who agree with me...

39 posted on 04/29/2008 7:02:16 AM PDT by GOPJ (Rev. Wright "ministered" to Bill Clinton after Monica. Is that a hint?)
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To: restornu; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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40 posted on 04/29/2008 7:02:34 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: Perseverando

By all means let the discussion continue. Unfortunately there’s not much substance I see to discuss. This article reads more like a PR release than a news story.

But please, continue.


41 posted on 04/29/2008 7:04:19 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: wideawake; restornu; wagglebee

What was found? Who found it? When was it found? Where was it found? How do they support Mormonism or Joe Smith? I’d actually be interested in this topic, but as it stands, this article reads like, “Some guys found some stuff which proves we’re right!”

Restornu, do you have a more useful article?

From wikipedia: “The Deseret News is owned by Deseret News Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, which is a for-profit business holdings company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (widely known as the Mormon or LDS Church).”


42 posted on 04/29/2008 7:04:53 AM PDT by dangus
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To: wagglebee
Of course I still have problems with the claim that Egypt was the “fountain” of Christian knowledge for a thousand years.

Indeed. The real historical record reveals that Christian theology flourished not only in Alexandria (Cyril, Clement) but in Jerusalem (Matthew, James, Cyril), Antioch (Ignatius), Edessa (Ephrem), Asia Minor (Basil, Gregory Of Nyssa, John Chrysostom), Rome (Ambrose, Gregory), Carthage (Augustine, Tertullian), Marseilles (Irenaeus), Seville (Isidore) and many other places besides.

43 posted on 04/29/2008 7:05:34 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Religion Moderator

Thanks.


44 posted on 04/29/2008 7:09:55 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
You are being silly this is a religion thread and many here are not even practicing the tenants of their faith and acting like those who wanted to crucify Christ because it disagreed with there believe system!

Some here are no better in their actions!

You make fun of us but at least most LDS try to be better people.


So which best describes the behavior of many here Telestial or Terrestrial?

45 posted on 04/29/2008 7:10:17 AM PDT by restornu
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To: wideawake; wagglebee

>> Indeed. The real historical record reveals that Christian theology flourished not only in Alexandria (Cyril, Clement) but in Jerusalem (Matthew, James, Cyril), Antioch (Ignatius), Edessa (Ephrem), Asia Minor (Basil, Gregory Of Nyssa, John Chrysostom), Rome (Ambrose, Gregory), Carthage (Augustine, Tertullian), Marseilles (Irenaeus), Seville (Isidore) and many other places besides. <<

Not only that, but Egypt was the home of vast numbers of syncretist Hindus and Zoroastrians who sought to absorb Christianity into their pantheistic religions. Hence, much of what comes from Egypt is non-representative of Christianity. Further, the government of Egypt is very hostile to any research which might validate Jewish and Christian versions of histories, so whatever flows from Egypt tends to be the worst of the worst.


46 posted on 04/29/2008 7:10:50 AM PDT by dangus
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To: restornu; wideawake
These Devotional /Caucus threads are intended to be ponder in nature.

Sorry, but something claiming facticity cannot be claimed to be devotional in order to escape scrutiny, no matter how "ponder" they are in nature.
47 posted on 04/29/2008 7:11:42 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: dangus

Exactly, this is a press release issued by a newspaper that is owned by the LDS. It says that “experts” have “proof” that Smith was right all along, but doesn’t offer even a hint as to who these experts are or what proof has been discovered.


48 posted on 04/29/2008 7:14:19 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: restornu; wagglebee
You are being silly [sic]this is a religion thread and many here are not even practicing the tenants of their faith and acting like those who wanted to crucify Christ because it [sic] disagreed with there [sic] believe [sic] system!

Did you just wake up?
49 posted on 04/29/2008 7:15:26 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: romanesq

Re: By all means let the discussion continue. Unfortunately there’s not much substance I see to discuss. This article reads more like a PR release than a news story.

But please, continue.


Please review my posts #7 & #25. I in no way endorse the veracity of the original posted article.


50 posted on 04/29/2008 7:16:36 AM PDT by Perseverando
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