Book of Mormon Metallurgy and Wishful Thinking
“Mormons and Archaeology: An Outside View”, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Summer 1973) pgs 40–48; “There is an inherent improbability in specific items that are mentioned in the Book of Mormon as having been brought to the New World by Jaredites and/or Nephites. Among these are the horse (extinct in the New World since about 7,000 B.C.), the chariot, wheat, barley, and metallurgy (true metallurgy based upon smelting and casting being no earlier in Mesoamerica than about 800 A.D.). The picture of this hemisphere between 2,000 B.C. and A.D. 421 presented in the book has little to do with the early Indian cultures as we know them, in spite of much wishful thinking.” – Michael D. Coe, Yale University
2 Thessalonians 2:14-15; “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
Michael Coe, the Yale Professor above, is an expert on the Maya. This man’s words should give Mormons pause when he says things like he did here.
The gospel was given by God to us through the mouths and pens of those who were strict followers of Him. Their credentials have stood the test of time unlike Joseph Smith and his friends.
Why would God send out a new gospel that contradicts and/or omits everything He’s done throughout the history of mankind? The BoM is bereft of any details about the everyday life of an Israelite. There’s no mention of how sacrifices were made, how the temple was set up or built, nothing about Passover is mentioned in the Book of Mormon and nothing about how or why Jesus qualified to be the Redeemer of mankind.
In addition to all that bad news you also have made up stories of wars and sailing expeditions to a foreign land (America) and lies about simple things like swords, animals and food.