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Book of Mormon and DNA Studies
« on: February 04, 2014, 11:54:57 PM »
The LDS Church has posted (without fanfair) a new document on its website, denying that DNA can either prove or disprove the Book of Mormon teaching that a few Israelites migrated to the Americas:

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Although the primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is more spiritual than historical, some people have wondered whether the migrations it describes are compatible with scientific studies of ancient America. The discussion has centered on the field of population genetics and developments in DNA science. Some have contended that the migrations mentioned in the Book of Mormon did not occur because the majority of DNA identified to date in modern native peoples most closely resembles that of eastern Asian populations.

Basic principles of population genetics suggest the need for a more careful approach to the data. The conclusions of genetics, like those of any science, are tentative, and much work remains to be done to fully understand the origins of the native populations of the Americas. Nothing is known about the DNA of Book of Mormon peoples, and even if their genetic profile were known, there are sound scientific reasons that it might remain undetected. For these same reasons, arguments that some defenders of the Book of Mormon make based on DNA studies are also speculative. In short, DNA studies cannot be used decisively to either affirm or reject the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
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Re: Book of Mormon and DNA Studies
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 09:27:12 AM »
Christians do not need DNA analysis to distinguish a book of 19th century fiction from Scripture.


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Re: Book of Mormon and DNA Studies
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 09:52:46 AM »
why all these strange cults that are trying to deceive christians are linked to freemasons and occultists ? uhmm...  8)
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Re: Book of Mormon and DNA Studies
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 10:35:35 AM »
The LDS Church has posted (without fanfair) a new document on its website, denying that DNA can either prove or disprove the Book of Mormon teaching that a few Israelites migrated to the Americas:

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Although the primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is more spiritual than historical, some people have wondered whether the migrations it describes are compatible with scientific studies of ancient America. The discussion has centered on the field of population genetics and developments in DNA science. Some have contended that the migrations mentioned in the Book of Mormon did not occur because the majority of DNA identified to date in modern native peoples most closely resembles that of eastern Asian populations.

Basic principles of population genetics suggest the need for a more careful approach to the data. The conclusions of genetics, like those of any science, are tentative, and much work remains to be done to fully understand the origins of the native populations of the Americas. Nothing is known about the DNA of Book of Mormon peoples, and even if their genetic profile were known, there are sound scientific reasons that it might remain undetected. For these same reasons, arguments that some defenders of the Book of Mormon make based on DNA studies are also speculative. In short, DNA studies cannot be used decisively to either affirm or reject the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

Seems like a combination of compromise and circling the wagons, given all their past claims and interpretation of the BoM. IIRC, the introductory pages used to say that the Lamanites (for those unawares - the Israelite Jews that came over, abandoned God, and were cursed with dark skin) were the ancestors of all Native Americans, but with the progress of scholarship in the field they recanted on that. It was only in the past few decades that they excommunicated (IIRC) even devout Mormon scholars that did some of the DNA research showing their Native American-Hebrew claims to be verifiably false.