Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Bob Bennett: "Leap of Faith: Confronting the Origins of the Book of Mormon"

From Deseret Book's description of Senator Bob Bennett's new book:
If the claims of Latter- day Saints about the origin of the Book of Mormon are true, then the book is genuine scripture. But if it's an invention of human origin— in short, a forgery— the Church's claim to be the only true church must be called into question. Surprisingly, very few writers, inside the Church or outside, have made a thorough examination of claims that the book is a forgery. In a book of interest to those of other faiths as well as to Latter- day Saints, Senator Bob Bennett reviews such claims. While he admits to writing as a believer, he identifies four objective tests that can be applied to help anyone determine if the book is what it claims to be: internal consistency, external evidence, questions of motive, and relevance. This compellingly written work offers a unique perspective about a book beloved by tens of millions. It is made even more interesting by the author's experiences working for the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, the victim of more than one attempted forgery.

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