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Apologetic and Critical Assumptions About Book of Mormon Historicity
SCRIPTURAL STUDIES Apologetic and Critical Assumptions about Book of Mormon Historicity Brent Lee Metcalfe The thesis of inspiration may not be invoked to guarantee historicity, for a divinely inspired story is not necessarily history. —Raymond E. Brown [T]he laws of creative interpretation by which we analyze material from the first and second Christian centuries operate and are significantly elucidated by works like the Book of Mormon ... —Krister Stendahl2 For tradition-minded members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Book of Mormon's historicity is a given: Book of Mormon events actually occurred and its ancient participants existed in ancient history. Apologetics for this stance, such as those espoused by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), the Department of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, and the LDS Church Educational System, occasionally employ limited critical perspectives but only to promote traditionalist assumptions of historicity. 1. The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke (Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1977), 33-34. 2. Meanings: The Bible as Document and as Guide (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984), 99. 3. Former BYU dean of religious education Robert J. Matthews articulated this position