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When accounting for all the evidence, what is a plausible alternative explanation for the Book of Mormon?

How did Joseph Smith produce the Book of Mormon if he didn’t translate it by the gift and power of God? Alternative theories have been put forward to explain away the Book of Mormon but none are universally adopted today and none account for all the evidence. The simplest explanation is that Joseph Smith created the book on his own, but it has become more apparent how complex the book is and more apparent how the content is far beyond what we would expect Joseph to have created. Another explanation is that the book was a combined effort from Joseph and some others around him such as Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdery, but there is no evidence of anyone else being involved.

To defend any of these theories we have to ignore the historic evidence. After nearly 200 years there is still no plausible alternative explanation for the Book of Mormon which accounts for all the evidence. 

Jeffrey R. Holland said:

None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator… No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.

– Safety For The Soul (2009)


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