Perhaps the mark of a fair documentary about a controversial subject is that it leaves everybody wishing more had been said about their own side.
I see how some critics may have wanted a stronger discussion of social issues and history. I was disappointed in the second evening's segment that suggested the church automatically excommunicates intellectual members by the truckload.
The most discouraging thing for me was the repeated implication that there is no evidence for the Book of Mormon's authenticity. Several knowledgable scholars were interviewed; where were their comments about the stunning collection of research showing that the Book of Mormon is not only plausible, but objectively accurate? (I recommend this excellent web page for an overview of the evidence.
One thing the documentary did very well was foster discussion and understanding. We need more of that. In this article, the Book of Mormon is mockingly described as saying that its founding peoples came to New York in 600 BC, even though at least the last quarter-century of scholars agree that the setting is clearly Mesoamerica.
How ironic that this assertion is followed by the line, "Ignorance of a religion and its practitioners is risky business"! That's the great thing about the Book of Mormon: not only is it concrete proof that God is real, it proves that belief in God is reasonable.
Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11 2007 - 2:16pm