Shulem wrote:Jesse Pinkman wrote:I am intrigued by the high voting scores by folks who are knowledgeable about various religious studies.
Don Bradley and Philo both voted on the high side. I think this should be good confirmation to you that you’re on the right track.
The ONLY thing that could have been scraped and removed from the original lead carving would have been a jackal snout being faithfully copied from the papyrus and transposed into the lead plate by Hedlock himself. I think my theory about Joseph Smith coming along and having the snout removed is right on track with exactly what happened. I challenge anyone else to come up with a better theory once it's realized by all parties that a snout was original to the carving.
Both the critics and the apologists can tender their own theories but I think mine is spot on. All of this is terrible news for the church and the member apologists who defend it. It's bad news too for the leaders because its more evidence on the existing mountain of evidence that proves the Book of Abraham is a fraud. It will make it that much more difficult for them to bear testimony that they know the Book of Abraham is the word of God.
I have to think that it won't be too long and the Facsimiles will be removed from LDS canon.
What is really sad, is that if the Facsimiles are removed, it will likely be presented that they were never an official part of LDS canon to begin with.