The DNA Evidence against the Book of Mormon - LA Times Article
If you've ever wondered exactly what kind of information was in the Book of Mormon, this article gives a very brief summary of the work. Also, it talks about the lineage of the "authors" of the Book of Mormon and how now there is irrefutable scientific evidence proving that the Book of Mormon could not be a historical book.
Exerpts from the article:
- From the time he was a child in Peru, the Mormon Church instilled in Jose A. Loayza the conviction that he and millions of other Native Americans were descended from a lost tribe of Israel that reached the New World more than 2,000 years ago.
"We were taught all the blessings of that Hebrew lineage belonged to us and that we were special people," said Loayza, now a Salt Lake City attorney. "It not only made me feel special, but it gave me a sense of transcendental identity, an identity with God."
A few years ago, Loayza said, his faith was shaken and his identity stripped away by DNA evidence showing that the ancestors of American natives came from Asia, not the Middle East.
... For Mormons, the lack of discernible Hebrew blood in Native Americans is no minor collision between faith and science. It burrows into the historical foundations of the Book of Mormon, a 175-year-old transcription that the church regards as literal and without error."
And the LDS press release refuting this can be found on the LDS Comments on the News web site. Here's a small bit from the article, with emphasis added:
- The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is exactly what it claims to be — a record of God’s dealings with peoples of ancient America and a second witness of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The strongest witness of the Book of Mormon is to be obtained by living the Christ-centered principles contained in its pages and by praying about its truthfulness.