Paul, I am really curious about your metamorphasis with this.
When I first met you, you were one of the most formidable apologists for the Book of Abraham.
Would you mind starting a thread detailing how you changed your thinking on this?
It's true that I had influence in defending the BofA on the Internet for several years and received a lot of well wishes from people who benefited from my articles and ideas. It's one of the toughest things to have to defend because there are so many things that point to fraud
but you have to somehow make turns and twists and put frosting on it to make it look eatable. These days I pretty much am left to just taking jabs at the BofA and write very little against it in order to keep my blood pressure from rising. So, I just keep harping on Facsmile No. 3 because the apologists can't get past, behind, or over it. The apologists are simply stuck. When you pull out the Explanations of Facsimile No. 3 from under the BofA the whole thing comes crashing down. It's one of the legs that holds the story and authority of the divine claims that Joseph was actually translating Egyptian. And of course, everyone (including John Gee) knows that the translations of the Explanation are not true. So it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the apologists. A bitter pill to swallow!
I just can't get into detailed discussions of the BofA these days. It's not good for my health. But I appreciate your desire to know more about my story and venture in defending that work and finally being forced to have to drop it because it was no longer doable. There are few people who want to defend the BofA because it's such a lost cause.
Luv ya, Liz.