When you have been exposed to as much Anti-Mormon literature, sound and video production as I have from some of the most famous people in the Anti-Mormon Business, and it is a Commercial Business, then you will have no difficulty realising that what I say is true. This page is dedicated to those that claim to have done years of research into Mormonism but whose productions show that to be a lie direct.
This is even more remarkable when you consider that many of them claim to know Mormonism as well as they know their own minds! How sad that so many of them show no proof that they have read the Book of Mormon. Imagine someone claiming to be an expert on the Holy Bible making fatuous claims that show they have not opened its pages, but have trawled and plagiarised earlier books on the Holy Bible, often written by atheists, and make so many simple mistakes that it is evident to all right thinking people that the egg on their face covers their eyes, and that their minds cannot have been engaged when they wrote or copied the howlers! Some examples are reproduced there alongside the plain evidence that the writers, many pretending to be 'doctors,' and all pretending to be 'scholars,' failed to do the simplest tasks of proper research. Professor Doctor David Christie-Murray, a graduate of the universities of London and Oxford and who, therefore, we have a right to expect more than the Mickey Mouse content of his book, "A History of Heresy," when he gives what can only be described as am abysmal caricature of Mormonism, one of the heresies of which, presumably with a straight face, he claims:
"Joseph Smith (1805-44) who came from a poor home and was burdened by a pathological constitution ... " [page 202]. He also trots out an unsupported statement, redolent of Rumble's, that Joseph Smith was "subject to epileptic fits". In connection with polygamy he asserts "three wives [were] the necessary qualification for the higher ecclesiastical offices". Not one jot or tiddle of evidence is provided for these vagrant statements.
Well, of course, we have to believe him because he is a 'scholar,' an 'authority.'
He raises the spectre of Mormon blood atonement without support, claiming that President Brigham Young exercised despotic power through this means. Had he pursued the subject with his the diligence commensurate with his academic capabilities he might have been influenced by the lack of support for a libel which equals in content and spirit the anti-Judaic blood-libel promoted by Christian ministers of hate in former years and acceded that where no evidence exists it is not acceptable to either make it up or rely on those with the same anti-scholastic egg plastered on their faces.
These points illustrate the lack of primary research by those eager to condemn Mormonism as heretical, but Christie-Murray goes even further, when he asserts that Mormonism is
"An actively evangelistic creed, Mormonism spread to Europe, missionaries being particularly active after the Second World War, where they tried to fill the void in Germany left by the disappearance of the Nazi creed."
Further schoolboy howlers are found in his work, including:
"The Book of Mormon revealed that America was originally inhabited by Jaredites, divided between Lamanites from which the Red Indians (ten tribes of Israel) are descended and Nephites to whom Christ revealed himself after his resurrection, for America had been the scene of Christ's past activity on earth as much as Palestine and would be again."
Well, Doctor Christie-Smith the egg on your face is growing larger with every word you say. Your ears are now barely visible! Had you had the scholarly rigour and honesty, and yes, I openly challenge your scholarly honesty, you would have know these facts directly from the Book of Mormon:
1. The last of the Jaredites, Ether, died about the time Lehi's party came ashore. [LINK]
2. American Indians are never claimed in the Book of Mormon to be the Ten Tribes of Israel. The Ten Tribes of Israel are Lost, and Lehi is disclosed to be a descendant of Manasseh, and some of his sons wives were of Judah. Reading the Book of Mormon would have made this clear to the author of heresies.
3. He says, "Young ... taught that God the Father had [has] a body of flesh and bones as tangible as a man's ... "
Actually, Christie-Smith ascribes to Young what was taught by Joseph Smith. [LINK]
However, since most non-LDS Christians believe the Son to also be the Father, the assurance given to the eleven apostles by the resurrected Jesus, 'Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have,' [Luke 24:39 AV] has to refer to the Father also since they are one and the same person.
There are many more such stupid errors about Mormons and others in his book. For a notable scholar to publish such moonshine is unforgiveable.
To be continued ...