New scientific support for the truthfulness of the book of mormon. Dna controversy is an issue that most critics believe completely undermines mormon beliefs in the truthfulness of the book. Dna evidence and molecular genetics disprove the book of. Correlation and verification through dna, prophetic, scriptural, historical, climatological, archaeological, social, and cultural evidence. Book of mormon difficulties, contradictions and explanations. Nothing is known about the dna of book of mormon peoples, and even if their genetic profile were known, there are sound scientific reasons that it might remain undetected. The evidence assembled to date suggests that the majority of native. Joseph smith said in the introduction to the book i told the brethren that the book of mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone to our religion yet, the evidence shows the book of mormon is not revelation from god, but a fictitious story written by joseph smith.
The criticism of the mormon church is the following. I suggest that if we are serious about assessing whether what the book of mormon teaches is consistent with dna evidence, we must assess it based on. But in this episode, dave cites a few genetic principles that show why dna research is simply unable to refute or affirm the validity of the book of mormon. Dna evidence proves book of mormon claims about ancient. Using dna to prove or disprove the book of mormons validity. The book of mormon documentary examines and compares genetic evidence identifying the dna fingerprints of the jewish populations and american indian populations, and presents the testimony of several dna experts in seeking to answer the question, are israelites the principal ancestors of native american indians. Book of mormon geography, lands, map, dna true evidence.
In short, dna studies cannot be used decisively to either affirm or reject the historical authenticity of the book of mormon. Reviews of dna evidence for book of mormon geography fairmormon. Whiting, a prominent geneticist whose work has received widespread attention it was featured as the cover story in cover article in nature in midjanuary 2003, recently gave a lecture at byu entitled, does dna evidence refute the authenticity of the book of mormon. Dna and the book of mormon the traditional latterday saint position t he book of mormon recounts the story of a small israelite group led by lehi and also one headed by mulek from ancient jerusalem. Well documented facts, and he covered so many different aspects of evidence to back up his video presentation, aside from the compelling dna evidence, he used weather, animal migration, mapping, rivers, water bodies, descriptions from the book of mormon and matched them to the local geography. Dna studies certainly dont affirm the book of mormon s authenticity claims, but they absolutely can and do refute them. Dna samples taken from modern american indians show no connection to the dna of the peoples of the middle east. Critics of the lds church recently latched onto dna studies that point to a predominant asiatic origin to the american indians and conclude that the book of mormon cannot be an ancient record as claimed by joseph smith. If the book of mormon is false, joseph smith was not a prophet. Book of mormon dna mormonism, the mormon church, beliefs. Members of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints need to realize that. Dna markers do not always transfer and may easily be lost over a few hundred years through interbreeding, let alone thousands of years as they are testing in this film. The book of mormon geography and map with dna evidence and the location of lands and cities such as zarahemla, cumorah, the narrow neck, mexico, caribbean sea, american indians, and true evidence are all here.
The book of mormon presents the evidence from dna researchers. The book of mormon was released in march of 2003, the lds church was only beginning to wrestle with the implications of dna research that posed serious challenges to the historical validity of the book of mormon. Many who are investigating the church of jesus christ of latterday saints have heard claims that dna evidence proves that the book of mormon is false. In early 2008 rodney meldrum published a dvd titled dna evidence for book of mormon geography. But this result makes a lot of sense regarding why they dont fit so well genetically with contemporary east asiansbecause onethird of their genome is derived from another population. Would dna analysis show as taught by the book of mormon that many american indians are descended from ancient. Sep 08, 2016 response to the essay book of mormon and dna studies in the rest of this article, we will comment on specific statements in the essay book of mormon and dna studies pertaining to what it says about the science of dna research as it applies to the issues raised by the book of mormon. Subtitled another testament of jesus christ, it recounts the story story of an israelite family who immigrated to and fully populated the american continents.
Mar 20, 2003 i am familiar with dna sequencing and testing including forensics and a couple of things bothered me about the premise of this movie. Does dna evidence prove the book of mormon is false. The book of mormon has come under heavy fire from critics in light of dna evidence that is said to refute the book of mormon, for the evidence points to asiatic origins, not middle eastern origins of the ancient inhabitants of this continent. The chief claim, and the premise of the entire book, is that hebrews carried the message of the coming messiah on a voyage across the atlantic.
Dna evidence does not disprove the book of mormon called to. In summary, dna evidence and the book of mormon is long overdue. Its not like you can say that they are really closely related to japanese, chinese, or koreans, so there seems to be something missing. Archaeological and historical evidence dna and the book of.
Book of mormon contradicts both itself and the bible. Dna and the book of mormon brigham young university. The origin of the hill comora wildly racial statements in mormon writings. Nothing is known about the dna of book of mormon peoples, and even if their. Ces letter links to a poorly written wikipedia article as the basis of their sweeping claim. Five compelling archeological evidences for the book of mormon. This paper is the executive summary version of the full paper available in both html format and pdf format. Are israelites the principal ancestors of native americans. Book of mormon evidence in american archaeology wayne may. Related topics including the book of mormon and dna. The lord warned lehi to depart out of the land of jerusalem, because they were seeking to kill him because he had prophesied to the people concerning their iniquity. The book of mormon for more than 170 years, the church of jesus christ of latterday saints has declared the book of mormon to be a scriptural and literal history. Simon southerton submitted to us as to why he left mormonism due to dna evidence is at whyleft125.
The mainstream scientific consensus about the origin of the ancient americans and peoples is at odds with the claims put forth in the book of mormon, though mormon apologists have made efforts to reconcile these contradictions. Lost civilizations of north america documentary4, deborah bolnick on haplogroup x. The book of mormon and dna studies religious tolerance. The nahom case provides evidence, not of the authenticity of the book of mormon, but of the willingness of lds scholars to look anywhere to find validation for a historically accurate reading of the book of mormon. But in this episode, dave cites a few genetic principles that show why dna research is simply unable to refute or affirm the validity of the book. Why thousands of errors in the original 1830 the book of mormon. Mar 26, 2016 the material below covers the geography of the book of mormon in north america. This video is an eyeopening look for mormons to see the deception laid before them by clearly proving that there is no evidence to support the book of mormon and, in fact, provides contrary evidence. Now the same dna evidence used in courts of law can credibly speak to the validity of the book of mormon, which serves as the foundation of the mormon religion. In the end, god is faithful to once again make the truth plain to those who are willing to assess the evidence honestly. When dna testing became widely available, scientists originally found that dna from native americans throughout north and south america. The book of mormon and the new world dna deseret book. Dna evidence of the book of mormon in north america, linking. Book of mormon and dna studies as recent as 2005 i was taught by a 35 year old at the timemormon missionary from poland that american indians are the descendants of lamanites who decended from lehis rebel kids lamanlemuel etc.
Dna analysis has concluded that native american indians do not originate from the middle east or from israelites but rather from asia. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints and other denominations in the lds restorationist movement have taught that native americans are descendents of three groups of ancient israelites who came to the new world. The lds church released an essay on their website titled book of mormon and dna studies. Whiting, does dna evidence refute the authenticity of the book of mormon. This page supports my main mormon answers page on dna evidence and the book of mormon.
Genetic attacks on the book of mormon focus on the fact that amerindian dna seems closest to asian dna, and not dna from the middle east or jewish dna. Does dna evidence prove the book of mormon to be false. The first book of nephi describes the family of lehi, a descendant of joseph, son of jacob, 1 and his wife sariah, who lived in jerusalem about 600 b. For these same reasons, arguments that some defenders of the book of mormon make based on dna studies are also speculative. The nhm inscription is the most important piece of geographical evidence book of mormon supporters have for their claims. Wayne may presents book of mormon evidence in north american geography, archaeology and historical records. Dna evidence and molecular genetics disprove the book of mormon by rich deem introduction. However, this attack ignores several key points, among which is the fact that the book of mormon states that lehi and his family are clearly not jews. Dna evidence and molecular genetics disprove the book of mormon. The findings could also allow reinterpretation of archaeological and. Joseph smith claimed that the book of mormon is the. Book of mormon is neither easily corroborated nor refuted by dna evidence. John dehlin september 16, 2015 apologetics, book of mormon, top 10 truth claims, top 100, top 5 response to essays 377 comments.
Three geneticists respond to the lds essay on dna and the book of mormon, and to apologist michael ash. Jan, 2016 dna vs book of mormon incredible new evidence that proves the book of mormon. The overall trend in the date over the past 175 years fits the expectations for the book of mormon as history rather than hoax. The dna truth that the mormon belief that they are related to the american indians is false. Jun 22, 2016 all opinions, speakers and presenters represent and express their own individual opinions, and not necessarily the opinions of firm foundation, book of mormon evidence, or its employees, and no information or opinions represent the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. The book of mormon makes several scientific claims that can be tested. The book of mormon claims that native americans are descended from hebrews. Another testament of jesus christ, is true, not false. If the findings and the conclusions of the research are correct, then the entire mormon belief system is based on a lie.
Nov 26, 2007 does dna evidence prove the book of mormon is false. All opinions, speakers and presenters represent and express their own individual opinions, and not necessarily the opinions of firm foundation, book of mormon evidence, or its employees, and no information or opinions represent the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. However, recent genetic evidence shows that this claim is. Dna vs book of mormon incredible new evidence that proves the book of mormon. Whiting, does dna evidence refute the authenticity of. This must mean that amerindians are not descended from book of mormon peoples, and the book of mormon is false. This document is an analysis of the scholarly merits of the theories. Although most lds scholars have claimed for several decades that the. Can the lemba and cohen modal haplotype be used to either prove or disprove the book of mormon.623 242 157 1326 1263 1103 283 674 307 449 1467 1013 1203 1323 532 49 242 1257 1120 496 580 747 1500 1067 1537 80 370 434 700 600 1155 274 1108