The Moon Landing and The Book of Mormon As Hoaxes?

Does the Book of Mormon make sense as a hoax?  Compare it to the 1969 moon landing.

I just saw about the billionth joke on TV about the moon landing being a hoax.  This old conspiracy theory is usually referenced as a crackpot belief these days, and rightfully so.

Consider all the logical problems with the moon landing being a hoax:

  • Motive.  Beating the Soviets in the space race?  Couldn’t it have been achieved with far less effort and risk in many other ways?
  • Benefits.  What did we really get out of this?  A brief bump in pride and some cool photos?  Again, these could have been achieved in far easier ways.
  • Costs.  Absolutely staggering amounts of money were sunk into building and executing this project over many years.  Not sensible if it was fake.
  • Means.  Did we really have the ability to pull off this scam?  It would have required tons of complicit agents, sets and props, bribes, image effects, and a host of lying witnesses, to say the least.  The whole scheme seems very implausible.
  • Secrecy.  With all that would have been involved, nobody blew the lid on this hoax, ever?  Even when there would have been huge financial rewards for doing so?
  • Odds.  What are the chances that all this worked out, if wasn’t real?  History shows that such attempts fall apart.  The singular legacy of this project attests to its reality.
  • Repetition.  Where else has our government pulled off a hoax on this scale?  If they were able to do it once, they would have done so again.

Of course, each of these seven things also testifies of the reality of the Book of Mormon as an ancient document, divinely delivered to and translated for the modern world, and not as a 19th century hoax by Joseph Smith:

  • Motive.  Getting devoted followers and maybe women, I suppose.  But again, couldn’t this have been achieved with far less effort and risk in many other ways?
  • Benefits.  What did Smith really get out of this?  His followers and wives would seem to be about the only positive effects.  Still, these could have been achieved in far easier ways.
  • Costs.  Absolutely staggering amounts of blood, sweat, and tears were sunk into defending and promoting this project in the years after it was published.  It earned Smith beatings, jail time, and murder by a mob.  Not sensible if it was fake.
  • Means.  Did he really have the ability to pull off this scam?  It would have required tons of research from sources that didn’t exist and/or weren’t available, a psychic understanding of history in its many facets, a consistent productivity that outpaced Mozart and Shakespeare combined, and a host of lying witnesses, to say the least.  The whole scheme seems very implausible.
  • Secrecy.  With all that would have been involved, nobody blew the lid on this hoax, ever?  Even when there would have been huge financial rewards for doing so?
  • Odds.  What are the chances that all this worked out, if wasn’t real?  History shows that such attempts fall apart.  The singular legacy of this project attests to its reality.
  • Repetition.  Where else did Smith pull off a hoax on this scale?  If he were able to do it once, he would have done so again.

The intellectual gullibility of moon landing deniers is about equal, it seems, to that of Book of Mormon deniers.

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