...So now the reaction has evolved. Apparently, apologists like DCP believe it just isn’t possible for anyone who doesn’t have a masters or doctorate in the field, as well as an intensive background in the Book of Mormon, to evaluate the claims apologists make.
No, I don't believe that.
Don't try to generalize here. I've said -- and this is scarcely news -- that I find lengthy discussions with you on substantive topics very exasperating, and have decided not to engage in them any more.
This has utterly nothing whatsoever to do with any general disdain for people lacking graduate degrees in a field.
Am I being too harsh? Obviously, the non-Mormon Mesoamericanists are qualified to judge these issues. Why aren’t they convinced? Some of them have evaluated it, and I bet they reject it for the same reasons you do. Deep down the apologists must know this—that is why they feed this to the believers in saccharine faith-promoting videos rather than present it to people who are qualified to evaluate the claims
"Saccharine faith-promoting videos rather than
[academic materials directed to non-Mormon scholars]" (emphasis mine)?
Of course, we can disagree about whether the Journey of Faith
videos are "saccharine." But such items as those below simply aren't videos at all
-- saccharine or otherwise -- and they were absolutely
aimed at non-Mormon scholars:
John L. Sorenson. "The Significance of an Apparent Relationship between the Ancient Near East and Mesoamerica." In Man across the Sea: Problems of Pre-Columbian Contacts
, edited by C. L. Riley, J. C. Kelley, C. W. Pennington, and R. L. Rands, 219—41. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1971.)
John L. Sorenson. "A Reconsideration of Early Metal in Mesoamerica." Katunob
9 (March 1976): 1—18.
John L. Sorenson and Martin Raish, eds. Pre-Columbian Contact With the Americas Across the Oceans: An Annotated Bibliography
, 2d ed. (Provo: Research Press, 1996).
John L. Sorenson and Carl L. Johannessen. "Biological Evidence for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Voyages." In Contact and Exchange in the Ancient World
, edited by Victor H. Mair, 238—97. (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006).
Here are some of the reviewers' comments about the annotated bibliography. It will be noted, of course, that they all come "only from Provo":
"Your great bibliographical project . . . will greatly enhance the quality of discussion in the field." Joseph Needham, history of Asian science, Cambridge University.
"Impressive bibliography and monumental effort." Betty J. Meggers, anthropology, Smithsonian Institution.
"A magnificent contribution . . . amusing, enlightening, and unbelievably useful. I am one of the better-informed people on this subject, but I had not seen ten percent of the papers cited." George F. Carter, geography and anthropology, Texas A&M.
"Nobody can afford to offer an opinion on this subject from now on without having carefully considered this essential volume." David H. Kelley, archaeology, University of Calgary.
"This jewel of a work amazes, awes, and pleases me." Mary Ritchie Key, linguistics, University of California, Irvine.
"Extremely complete." Walter Gardini, anthropology, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires.
"Monumental accomplishment." Hasso von Winning, archaeology, Southwest Museum, Los Angeles.
"Incredible. . . . An extremely important compilation." Stephen C. Jett, geography, University of California, Davis.