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Leap of Faith by Bob Bennett
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Aug 29, 2011

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Many believe the Book of Mormon to be a forgery of one kind or another--not an ancient record kept by prophets, engraved on plates, and brought forth and translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Bennett tackles the many objections to the Book of Mormon--all revolving around the Book's authenticity (or lack of it). Bennett begins by providing some background on a couple of real forgeries: the Howard Hughes diaries and the the Howard Hughes will. He develops some concepts to be used in testing forgeries and then applies these to the Book of Mormon.

The objections and their refutations are woven through a fairly detailed overview of the Book of Mormon and the three main stories it contains: The Nephite and Lamanites story, the Mulekite's story, and lastly that of the Jaredites. Each of these represents a separate migration from the near east to the new world. While Bennett does a nice job of handling each of the objections, I do wonder who his audience really is. Is it mainstream Christians, non-believers, or Mormons? I think this book addresses all three audiences.

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