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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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 ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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 ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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--...
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Has any Latter-day Saint published a very detailed description of how the Holy Spirit confirmed to them the truth of the BofM, as per Moroni 10:3-7?

Many times. Although it is possible that the details they provide are not the details this question specifically seeks. One of my favorites is the account of Vincenzo di Francesca, who first read the ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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 ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any supernatural (non-physical, non-mathematical, non-scientific) part of a human being?

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&...
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Is the book "The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley" a legitimate collection of Wesley's journal entries?

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 ...
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Can demons manifest in bodily form in the physical, just like angels do in the Bible?

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. ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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 ...
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Do other Christian denominations/groups have an equivalent to the "burning in the bosom" of Mormonism?

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 ...
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What is the difference between "miraculous" and "supernatural"?

C.S. Lewis viewed consideration of the miraculous, that is to say one's perception of a perceived or recorded event within nature, to be directly informed by one's worldview; i.e. naturalist or super-...
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Can the scientific method be applied to the study of the supernatural from a Christian perspective?

This question depends a lot on what exact "supernatural" means. It is defined in many various ways. A basic definition that most might agree with is that it refers to something which goes &...
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What is the biblical basis for spiritual encounters leading to instant deliverance from addictions?

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 ...
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How do Cessationists explain extreme manifestations of shaking and trembling observed in religious settings?

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 ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any supernatural (non-physical, non-mathematical, non-scientific) part of a human being?

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 ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences?

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 ...
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What are the strongest arguments for the divine inspiration of the Bible?

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 ...
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What are the strongest arguments for the divine inspiration of the Bible?

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 ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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 ...
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Which denominations believe in modern angelic interventions?

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. ...
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Is it superstitious to have a worldview where supernatural interventions are not just possible but likely?

Keep in mind that "logical" and "rational" do not imply "philosophical materialism" in any way. Logic is a process by which one builds valid conclusions out of known ...
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What beliefs do Christians hold regarding how humans can interact with the supernatural?

The Bible lists two categories of interaction: Means that are forbidden Means that are permitted However, even among the means that are permitted, there are times when counterfeit interactions occur,...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

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....
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Do Christians believe in witchcraft and the occult?

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 ...
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What are the strongest arguments for the divine inspiration of the Bible?

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 ...
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How often do Christian missionaries report occurrences of miracles while on the mission field?

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 ...
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Do other Christian denominations/groups have an equivalent to the "burning in the bosom" of Mormonism?

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. "...
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Are there any accounts of former Pagans being supernaturally reached by God (or an angel) with the Gospel before any human missionary arrived?

During my first trip to Sierra Leone (2005) our team went out into the bush to a small Muslim village along a riverbank. Upon arriving our leader met with the village headman to explain our desire ...
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