Examining the claims of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland movement

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The path to truth

Jonathan Neville spends a lot of time writing about “consensus.” He even has a blog purportedly about building consensus on Book of Mormon geography, even though the posts on this blog are highly devisive and lack any apparent attempt to understand the views of those who disagree with him.

On that blog he recently posted a flowchart titled “The path to consensus,” which has nothing to do with consensus and much do with showing how one can interpret the prophets as he does and be right or reject the teachings of the prophets (as he understands them) and be wrong.

I reject the idea that “consensus” is a goal worth pursuing. Truth is not determined by consensus.

As an alternative to Neville’s self-serving, question-begging flowchart, I offer the following:
The path to truth: Are prophets speaking from revelation or personal interpretation?
“Individuals may have their own opinions regarding Book of Mormon geography and other such matters about which the Lord has not spoken.”
Gospel Topics: Book of Mormon Geography

—Peter Pan

* “M2C” is Jonathan Neville’s acronym for the theory that the Book of Mormon took place in Mesoamerica and that the hill Cumorah in the Book of Mormon is not the same hill in New York where Joseph Smith received the plates of Mormon.


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