DNA Proves Book of Mormon False…Again

Native Americans Descended From a Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms
University of California – Davis, April 28, 2009

[The Book of Mormon] is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas

The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians.
~Book of Mormon, Introduction

Mormons claim the Book of Mormon is true because, among other things, despite nearly 180 years of trying, nobody has proven it false. The problem with this claim is that it has been proven false. Archeological and DNA evidence long ago proved that Native Americans emigrated from East Asia. Mormon apologists then posited that there may have been multiple groups in the Americas at the time. The DNA evidence, however, was so overwhelming that the leaders of the church updated the Introduction to the Book of Mormon.

Mormons Fix Apostle’s Mistake
Brent Danley, The Rhetoric, November 18, 2007

Kari Britt Schroeder/UC Davis
Kari Britt Schroeder/UC Davis
This new study from the University of California – Davis completely disproves both the apologist’s argument and the core claim of the Book of Mormon.

Virtually without exception the new evidence supports the single ancestral population theory.

“Our work provides strong evidence that, in general, Native Americans are more closely related to each other than to any other existing Asian populations, except those that live at the very edge of the Bering Strait,” said Kari Britt Schroeder, a lecturer at the University of California, Davis, and the first author on the paper describing the study.

It’s time for Mormons to stop saying the Book of Mormon has withstood the test of time and critical scrutiny. It has not. Not only have the claims not been demonstrated to be true, they have been proven false. Despite 180 years of trying to dig up proof of Nephite and Lamanite civilizations and unsuccessful attempts to locate Zarahemla, nothing has been found. The Book of Mormon is fiction.

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  1. I swear – I don’t see how this doesn’t critically end the fantasy.

    Imagine you’re at a wedding shower – everyone shows up with gifts and cash and excitement. Then it comes out that the bride-to-be isn’t actually engaged to anyone, nor has any plans to marry. Would anyone stick around to tell stories and play all those silly games? You might if you’re LDS, I suppose, cause that’s basically what’s happened with the Church.

  2. @Brian – The apologists do have to twist into ever tighter pretzels. Your analogy is brilliant.

  3. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131120-science-native-american-people-migration-siberia-genetics/

    Brent, the evidence that continues to support the Book of Mormon is so over welming the fact that you care so much that would you go out of your way to deceive others is so sad

    1. I find it sad that people like you are convinced by faith that there IS evidence, yet do not require to be convinced BY evidence.

      The National Geographic article you posted is fascinating, indeed. I love the myriad new questions new discoveries create. However, this article is not evidence of any Book of Mormon claim. The discovery does not bolster the claim that the people who are among (previously the primary) the ancestors of indigenous Americans came on a boat from Jerusalem 2,600 years ago. What it does do is posit that a minority of people who inhabited the Americas thousands of years ago may have originated in Europe. The article directly contradicts Mormon claims of a young Earth.

      Despite much earnest looking by Mormons hoping to find evidence to prove their beliefs (a backwards approach), NO evidence has been found in the Americas which would confirm stories in the Book of Mormon. Huge civilizations seem to have left no trace at all, despite only a few thousand years passing. That alone should give you pause, and weaken your confidence.

      I am convincible. Please enumerate the overwhelming evidence and I’ll take a look. However, as you know, faith requires no evidence. If there were evidence, you wouldn’t need faith and faith-promoting exercises. I don’t have to constantly shore up my belief in plate tectonics or evolution.

      1. The only people twisting things are the DNA researchers and that word, should be in air quotes. Mitochondrial DNA is not an exact science and the people who said it was, retracted their own statement one year later, in the New England Journal of Medicine. But discounting that of course, Native American Indians aren’t going to be related to modern Jews through DNA! Because modern Jews are descended from Judah!!! the Book of Mormon claims Lehigh was descended from Joseph. In order for these two groups to share mitochondrial DNA, Judah’s wife(s) would have to have slept with Joseph or Judah would have had the slept with Joseph’s wife(s). Because Joseph AND Judah had different mothers and THOSE mothers had different mothers!!!! DUH! There is no way in creation these women could share the same mitochondrial DNA! So any “study” showing NO mtDNA link between these two groups of people , actually supports the claim of the Book of Mormon. It doesn’t discount a single thing it actually supports it to show that they aren’t mtDNA related at all because they can’t be. Anybody stupid enough to try to link modern Indians to modern Jews via mtDNA, is astronomically unintelligent.

        1. Thanks for the LOL. This only proves apologists’ incredible ability to make “sense” of their own nonsense.

          Go back a single generation, silly, and your argument falls apart completely. Compare indigenous peoples in the American Continent with both the Middle East and Northeast Asia.

  4. Larry Baxter says: Reply

    Why are you trying to draw conclusions based on the Davis study that is only a theory at this point? You should know full well that it is not accepted as scientific fact at this point. So who are you trying to deceive?

    1. Anybody who lets from their lips escape the phrase “just a theory” clearly does not understand the scientific method. Furthermore, the idea that there is such thing as a scientific fact is laughable; facts exist independent of humans and their pursuit of knowledge or the scientific method.

      A theory is an explanation of facts that has been rigorously tested, reviewed, and gained a consensus of experts, and for which there is no falsifying evidence. Gravity is a theory.

      When your perception of the world requires no evidence (faith), you paint yourself into a corner when you attempt to apologize for your inconsistent views using empirical facts.

      There are worse outcomes than to be convinced by facts. You should try it.

  5. Ha, Ha , I really feel bad for the Mormons.
    Imagine an educated person who has been indoctrinated into a Religion which an average educated person can easily reason the Mormon Religion is not based on facts ! Yet an indoctrinated person would over look all reason and Scientific methods in order to keep his belief in Santa Claus , and Elfs ! But that in itself is an amazing human behavior that merits further study . how many People were killed for saying the world was round? How has Religion held back the advancement of Science , just imagine how much more advance civilization would had been if it were not for indoctrinated people? Take a look at Republicans today they refuse to be live in climate change and they have completely taken over government how will they affect the world ?

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