Fact: Joseph Smith was a self-admitted, and duly convicted, glass looker and treasure hunter.
Not sure about that case. Doesn't have the trappings of a criminal trial, as it permitted affidavits, making it look more like an arraignment. If it were truly a conviction it would have been relatively easy to arrest and extradite him; that never happened.Fact:
Joseph Smith had sex with multiple females to whom he as not married.
If you reject polygamy as marriage, well yes. Fact:
Several of these females were minors, some of them only 14 or 15 years old.[/quote]
I've in the past read much Victorian-era literature. Very commonplace. Fact:
Extended passages found in the Book of Mormon were copied, word for word, from the King James version of the Bible known to be in the possession of the Smith family.[/quote]
As the New Testament is word-for-word a copy in places of dubious versions of the Hebrew Bible, and copies of myth texts. God quotes Himself.Fact:
The narrative for the "coming forth" of the Book of Mormon is fraught with internally inconsistent and wildly imaginative claims regarding non-existent golden plates, magical rocks, supernatural apparitions and other cult magic nonsense.[/quote]
I like the stuff in the OT about talking donkeys, floating axe-heads, and the like. Fact:
There is not a shred of credible physical evidence in the New World (or the Old) to support the historicity of the Book of Mormon.[/quote]
Although I have been a consistent critic of the Sorenson model once I took time to read his works, I would disagree with you. There's about the same quality of evidence as for Troy.Fact:
There is overwhelming and internally consistent evidence, from multiple scientific disciplines that, time after time, directly contradicts and falsifies affirmative and falsifiable statements made in the Book of Mormon.[/quote]
That isn't the test for scripture, otherwise the Bible would fail. Fact:
No credible mainstream non-LDS scientist, in any discipline, publicly supports the Book of Mormon narrative.Fact:
Multiple credible mainstream scientists, from any number of disciplines, have considered the Book of Mormon and shown it to be fiction.[/quote]
I remember taking an upper division economics course from a quantitative economist who was a scientist, who joined the Church while a full professor at Cal, who would waste our time in class telling us how he came to find the Book of Mormon to be true. So, you're wrong, but I don't care too much about the point.
[b]Question: "serious thinker"?[/quote]
Your points rank about a 2 in a 1 to 10 scale of strength. Lots more could be said that I couldn't answer effectively.