What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints view of historical-critical methods? The method calls for understanding the world behind the ancient text, accepting that the text has human origins, but still contains divine inspiration. However, with regards to the controversies surrounding the Book of Mormon concerning historical inconsistencies, and the fact that the no one except Joseph Smith, the presumed translator of the golden plates, has access to the original language of the text (Reformed Egyptian), how can the historical-critical method be applied to this book in the same way it is applied to the Bible or the Quran? More so, how is it possible to defend the faith when the culture or world behind the text is a mystery or unknown?
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The official stance seems to be that it's a non-issue.
The official narrative is what it is. It claims that Joseph Smith was singled out by God through the angel Moroni to receive the golden plates, and the means to translate them via God's supernatural fiat. If true, one wouldn't need external validation. If it came directly from God through His supernatural power, well, God's word is all we need. God doesn't need humans to verify His revelation, humans just need to have faith in it.
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