Refuting the errors of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland hoax

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Those who live in glass houses, pt. 14

(Part fourteen of a series.)

On November 30, 2021, Jonathan Neville shared some of his favorite websites and apps for studying the scriptures.

Among the sites he likes are the Joseph Smith Papers and the Church History Catalog. He also likes the WordCruncher app for desktop computers and the Church’s Gospel Library app for desktops and smartphones.

He calls the Scripture Notes website (which has free and paid versions) “awesome” and says it’s “the best scripture study tool out there.”

He then immediately pivots to this spiteful cheap shot:
The worst scripture app, IMO [in my opinion], is ScripturePlus by Book of Mormon Central. That app heavily pushes their M2C agenda with their Mayan logo and content that imposes their ideology on users. It’s unbelievably dogmatic and the way they are trying to lure Latter-day Saints away from the Gospel Library is inexcusable, IMO.”
ScripturePlus from Book of Mormon Central This is completely bizarre, since, in the preceding paragraph, he recommended Scripture Notes, which apparently isn’t “trying to lure Latter-day Saints away from the Gospel Library,” even though it uses exactly the same approach as ScripturePlus—only with a paid version, which ScripturePlus doesn’t have.

This is not the first time that Neville has claimed that ScripturePlus “competes with the Church’s own Gospel Library” or is trying to “entice Church members away from the Gospel Library.” As I’ve asked before, what does Neville believe that the Heartland Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon is doing? Would he admit that their expensive volume is “competing with” or “enticing members away from” scriptures published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? I suspect not.

This is simply yet another example of the double standard Jonathan Neville frequently employs when he criticizes “M2C scholars.”

—Peter Pan

1 comment:

  1. Deseret Bookshelf similarly lulls people away from Gospel Library with the ability to - gasp!- read the standard works AND old Conference reports. And BYU's Scripture Citation Index is no different.

    The fact that the Church allows others to use the scriptural text should say that they don't take the issue Neville is pushing. ScripturePlus is yet another windmill that Neville thinks he must battle using cheap and dishonest tactics.


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