Talking online with a critic of the Book of Mormon recently, I was reminded of a scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s last good movie, 2002’s Signs.
In the film, two brothers living on a farm in the Midwest investigate noises outside at night. In classic suspense style, movement just off screen causes the characters and camera to look, just in time to miss whatever was there, but it was clearly someone. When a police officer comes out the next day to look into it, the following exchange takes place:
How certain are you, that this was a male?
I don’t know any girls can run like that.
I don’t know, Merrill. I’ve seen some of those women on the Olympics. They could out run me easy.
This guy got on the roof in like a second. That roof is over ten feet high.
He’s telling you the truth. Whoever it was, is very strong and can jump pretty high.
They got women’s high jumping in the Olympics. They got these
Scandinavian women who could jump clean over me.
I know you’re making a point. I just don’t know what it is.
Yesterday afternoon, an out of town woman stopped by the diner and started yelling and cussing cause they didn’t have her favorite cigarettes at the vending machine. Scared a couple of customers. No one’s seen her since… My point is, we don’t know anything about the person you saw. We should just keep all possibilities available.
Excluding the possibility that a female Scandinavian Olympian was running around outside our house last night, what else is a possibility?
So, what does this have to do with the Book of Mormon?
In my online conversation, I offered to share three of the best evidences for the Book of Mormon, and invite the critic to analyze and account for them if the book is a hoax. I suggested 1) the accurate, previously unknown geography of Arabia (Nahom, Bountiful, etc.), 2) the ancient texts that nobody had access to, given in 2 Nephi 12:16 and 3 Nephi 4:28-29, and 3) chiasmus.
His responses were quick. Continue reading