Saturday, August 25, 2007

BYU creates 2nd film on Mayans, Olmecs
By Carrie A. Moore
Deseret Morning News
Published: Aug. 24, 2007 12:35 a.m. MDT

Scholars at Brigham Young University have produced a second film
detailing how the Mayan and Olmec civilizations parallel details in
the book.

"Journey of Faith: The Book of Mormon in the New World," incorporates
footage of archaeological sites and inscriptions in Mesoamerica —
southern Mexico and Guatemala — with the opinions of LDS scholars
about how details in the Book of Mormon coincide with known religious,
cultural and military practices in that region from 600 B.C. to about
400 A.D.

Produced by the Foundation for Ancient Research in Mormon Studies at
BYU, the 90-minute film explores what FARMS director S. Kent Brown
said is a "growing consensus" among LDS scholars of archaeology,
history and religion that "this is the area where the Book of Mormon
took place."

He said the film "makes predictions about the culture and society in
the place that we see the closest connections." For instance, Brown
said, societies chronicled in the book were "literate — they produced
books and documents. That (region) is the main place (in the New
World) that we find this kind of thing" during the time period

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