Problems with the Book of Mormon

A Review

An article on Catholic.com entitled “Problems with the Book of Mormon” concludes by highlighting two alleged errors which can be pointed out to missionaries when discussing the Book of Mormon. Both suffer fatal flaws and should not be considered errors. With this in mind the reader should see why a full analysis of all the other arguments presented in the article will not be necessary.

The first error presented is as follows:

We read that Jesus “shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem, which is in the land of our forefathers” (Alma 7:10). But Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem (Matt. 2:1). 1

The citation from Alma is correct however the argument begins by referring to being born “at” Jerusalem and switches to being born “in” Jerusalem. These two expressions have different meanings, therefore the argument commits the fallacy of equivocation. FairMormon even explains why this is evidence for the Book of Mormon rather than against it. See also 2 Kings 14:20 for a similar statement in the Bible.

The second error mentioned in the article is:

Scientists have demonstrated that honey bees were first brought to the New World by Spanish explorers in the fifteenth century, but the Book of Mormon, in Ether 2:3, claims they were introduced around 2000 B.C. 2

To quote Ether 2:3:

And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by interpretation, is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with them swarms of bees, and all manner of that which was upon the face of the land, seeds of every kind.

However it must be noted that in Ether 2:3, the Jaredites are not in the New World, they are in the Old World. There is no mention of honey bee in the Book of Mormon when they reach the New World.

The argument fails, in this case due to a simple untruth.

  1. Catholic.com. 2004. Problems with the Book of Mormon. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.catholic.com/tracts/problems-with-the-book-of-mormon. [Accessed 20 August 2016].[]
  2. Catholic.com. 2004. Problems with the Book of Mormon. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.catholic.com/tracts/problems-with-the-book-of-mormon. [Accessed 20 August 2016].[]