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1. Authorship-Translator Joseph Smith had an elementary education and managed to produce a 500 page book in 3 months (obtained plates on 22 September 1827). Born into a poor farming family, he was the fifth child of 11 — nine of whom survived childhood. Because his family could not afford the luxury of public education, Joseph received only three years of ...


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tl;dr Either Joseph Smith had a nearly unrealistically powerful imagination and coincidentally had many completely imaginative story elements line up with reality, or he had some kind of supernatural--maybe divine--help, as shown by the following archeological evidence. Previous to 2018, there was this argument against the authenticity of the Book of Mormon:...


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Much of the conversation often focuses on Joseph Smith's supposed translation and whether or not it was miraculous. I do not discount those arguments, as they are important, but I feel that there is a much more important topic to touch upon: the spiritual testimonies that the Book of Mormon contain. To me, who wrote and/or translated the Book of Mormon is of ...


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My previous answer addressed negative arguments -- I believe a well-rounded response to the OP's question should also contain positive arguments and a general look at the purpose of the Book of Mormon (BoM). I have separated the answers for readability. Positive arguments In order to pretend to be concise I'll just focus on 3. A. Stylometry (Drawn from ...


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Can demons manifest in bodily form in the physical(?), just like angels do in the Bible? Catholicism accepts the possibility that Satan and the Demons may appear to men, just like the Holy Angels. Satan appeared to our first parents in the Garden of Eden. In the Old Testament's Book of Genesis, the serpent who tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is ...


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I initially offered a response in 3 sections: Negative arguments (a critical assessment of arguments against the authenticity of the Book of Mormon) Positive arguments (evidence not effectively explained by naturalistic causes) General arguments This response was too long (no but really, even after 3 edits it was too much). I've reduced this post to the ...


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Many times. Although it is possible that the details they provide are not the details this questions specifically seeks. One of my favorites is the account of Vincenzo di Francesca, who first read the Book of Mormon in 1910. His experience is recorded here, and was later made into a video here. His experience was unusual in that he found the book on an ash ...


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The strongest, if not the only, argument is prophecy fulfilled. Prophecy is a prediction, a forth-telling of something to happen in the future. Matthew's book alone, for example, lists about 27 fulfilled prophecies from the Old Testament about Jesus Christ's fulfillments. This site asserts there's been about 2,000 of 2,500 prophecies already fulfilled. This ...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints have teachings for this, though not with the phrasing demonic generally. When you believe an angel is visiting you D&C 129 offers guidance and you want to know what type of angel (of God or of Satan): 1 There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of ...


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The answer can be found here in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; in particular, it says: 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final ...


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I think it will be hard to draw a straight line between biblical accounts which are most often painted with a brush of possession and things which nowadays are labeled addiction. The closest I've been able to come is with behaviors categorized as self-harm which Psychiatrists are beginning to understand as a form of addiction. If that is the case then the ...


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Most denominations that I know of believe that angels are always involved in human affairs without being noticed by anyone (Heb 31:2) and are almost never physically manifesting themselves to people. Even in the Bible there are many prophets, apostles and great men of faith that have no record of an angelic physical manifestation. Of course, at the time of ...


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Cessationists do not say that demonic possession has ceased. (Some events referred to by OP are claimed to be a manifestation of demonic possession.) Cessationists say that the gifts of tongues and miracles have ceased. Cessationists do not deny that the gifts of tongues and miracles can be mimicked. Cessationists do not deny that demonic possession can ...


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I have been in touch with individual missionaries, and missionary couples, over many decades. They send reports to prayer supporters and probably even more fulsome reports to any missionary society or church that sends them and helps provide for them. Some missionaries are self-supporting and do not report back to any organisation or church, only sending ...


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From my notes on chapter 2 of Miracles: Miracle: “An interference with nature by supernatural power.” Naturalists: “Those who believe that nothing exists except nature.” Supernaturalists: “Those who believe that, besides nature, there exists something else.” Nature: Defined by naturalists as “everything there is.” More rigorously, the natural is “what ...


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I'll offer a survey of 6 arguments I have seen used to establish that the Bible is inspired. Subsequent to this, I'll offer my own evaluation of the merit of these arguments--if you'd like to derive your own conclusions, skip the "Evaluation" part of this post. 6 Arguments 1. Archeology Many defend the Bible on the basis that so many of its ...


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Others cited fulfilled prophecy, which I will not dispute, as it has provided a significant boost to my faith at times when I needed it. However, it was another supernatural feature of the Bible that even more powerfully touched my life as new Christian. If a person learns a new truth and understands it with their mind, it can help them. Mathematics helps ...


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I offer this answer as a supplement to the other answers. I do not present a complete accounting of apologetic arguments here; the other answers (especially put together) do a much better job of that. Instead, I wanted to add one more thought on the subject. Origin Whatever else the Book of Mormon is or isn't, the fact is that it exists, and its origin ...


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As the question is about apologetics it may be best to address apologetic arguments against the Book of Mormon (please note the evidence is not overwhelming or comprehensive, this is meant to point out that evidences do exist if willing to look). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strongly encourages spiritual conversion as opposed to relying on ...


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Do Christians believe in witchcraft and the occult? The vast majority of Christians would admit that both witchcraft and the occult exist in our day. However, Christians believe that it is immoral to practice these forms of ”dark magic” if it can be phrased as such. If Christians in the past have been known to lapse and fall into the delusional practices of ...


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In the methodist tradition there is John Wesley. The story goes how he reluctantly attended a meeting in Aldersgate. Someone read from Luther's Preface to the Epistle to Romans. About 8:45 p.m. "while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ ...


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Not only do other Christian denomination/groups have an equivalent concept to Mormonism's burning in the bosom but so do many others. For example, the Communists, Rosecrucians, Moonies, Aetherians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Daists, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Rastafarians, atheists, Scientologists, Voodoo, yoga and Transcendental Meditation practitioners, the followers ...


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Please take my answer with a grain of salt, because I am not from another denomination. I have served a 2 year LDS mission and had in-depth discussions with thousands of faithful Christians of many denominations. From my experience, the concept of consciously leaning on a "burning in the bosom" for a confirmation of truth is at least culturally (...


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James Tour seems to more or less fit the bill. According to Wikipedia: James Mitchell Tour (born 1959) is an American chemist and nanotechnologist. He is a Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He supports the idea that life could not have arisen ...


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Do Christians believe that people can tap into supernatural powers through the practice of witchcraft and the occult? "Tap into" is, IMO, a dangerous phrasing. I, personally, believe that there are supernatural powers; not only God, of course, but also demons. I believe that demons do have limited powers in this world, and that they may at times ...


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How common is it that Christian missionaries come back from their mission trips reporting extraordinary anecdotes? The short answer is that it is quite common amongst missionaries in today’s times. Of course it will depend on the missionary in question! Some do not report these types of occurrences. YouTube is a very poor source of information on this ...


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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences? Within the the Catholic Church, this seems to be a charismatic gift bestowed on certain individuals. I am sure the gift is bestowed on others of various denominations as well. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same ...


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Breaking down the question first, bear with me. My previous understanding of the Catholic Church's teaching was that a human being is of two conjoined natures: physical and spiritual. Glad this was your previous understand because a human being hasa human nature. Possibly you're thinking of Jesus who has two natures, human and divine See Hypostatic Union. ...


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Yes, it appears to be a legitimate compilation from the writings of John Wesley. I haven't confirmed all of the many stories in Jennings' book, but I selected several and found them corroborated in other editions of Wesley's journals (which are indeed available online). Page 5, "The Woodseats' Demoniac": Source 1 Source 2 Page 37, "The Michaelmas-Day ...


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