Radio Free Mormon: 195: Book of Abraham Fireside

Many Latter-day Saints are leaving the Church over issues relating to the Book of Abraham.  In this special fireside, I talk about the most commonly heard criticisms of the Book of Abraham, and how faithful LDS scholars respond to them.  This fireside is a must-listen for anyone with questions about the Book of Abraham.


17 thoughts on “Radio Free Mormon: 195: Book of Abraham Fireside

  1. Oh goodie! Another treat! I’m about to tune and see what’s happening. I’ve been busy posting on Mormon Discussions and this thread takes the Sacrifice Scene to a whole new place and is well worth the read. It will continue to grow because I’m not done yapping. It’s not for the faint of heart or easily offended so I apologize in advance if I was a bit too rough. Sometimes I get a bit excited. Pearl of Great Price Central Facsimile 1 as a Sacrifice Scene http://mormondiscussions.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53749

    • You are a gentleman and a scholar, Paul!

      And one not above posting a shameless plug on my website.

      I like that!

  2. Hi RFM,
    Thank you for doing this podcast to simplify information. Do you have a similar podcast on the Book of Mormon and why it is not true? I would greatly appreciate that.
    Thank you,

    • You know, I had not even thought about that, Chrissy.

      It is possible the Book of Mormon would be more difficult to simplify, but I will give it some thought.

      Thanks for the great idea!

  3. It’s been three decades since I’ve attended a fireside. None of them were ever this good.

    • “My father thanks you, my mother thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you!”

    • The best firesides are those in which one can literally roast a marshmallow or a hotdog.

    • It is really quite remarkable watching them scurry about from my humble underground bunker.

      Respectfully yours,

      –The Puppet Master

    • “We still believe in the Book of Abraham even though not one word has been translated correctly.”

  4. Thanks again RFM for all your years of dedicated research and time on this subject and your continued efforts with these podcasts. Even though a very long process for you, all of us have the privilege of being benefactors.

  5. If you translate the Abraham Papyri from Egyptian to English, then it is clear that the translation does not match the text of the Book of Abraham. If, however, you translate the Abraham Papyri from Egyptian into “Reformed” Egyptian, and then translate that into English, you will find a near 1-to-1 correspondence to the Book of Abraham. I call this theory the “Missing Catalyst Theory” (TM – Jack Strep)

  6. Wait, so the book of abraham isn’t what they say it is?

    Next you’ll tell me the national enquirer isn’t reputable journalism I can trust.

  7. Poor Joe (both the modern one and the 19th century one).

    It’s true, if you remove all the evidence, facts, first hand accounts and everything else factually critical of the book of Abraham and instead adopt the new 20th Century apologetic theories, then it’s true and Joseph Smith is a true prophet.

    Joe and apologists efforts can best be described as “kicking against the pricks” or in other words, willing, through denial and obfuscation, the false into truth.

    The Book of Abraham is as true as the earth is flat.

  8. Hey RFM, thanks for the lovely fireside. You know what’s funny about facsimile 1? For the longest time I always thought that it was such a lucky coincidence that the head and hand of Anubis were broken off of the papyrus, giving us a wonderful example of how Joe is a fraud; but after learning on your podcast with Dr. Ritner that the head of Anubis was altered in facsimile 3 to make the black figure appear to be a slave it struck me: I think Joe deliberately knocked off Anubis’ head and hand in facsimile 1 to suit his story-telling need just like he did in facsimile 3 to keep with his narrative. Just thought I would share my “epiphany” that your podcast helped me realize. Thanks for all your hard work making this podcast, it has been so helpful. <3

  9. Fantastic episode, very factual. You did a good job handling the thorny issue of the unfalsifiability of the catalyst theory.

    I thought of another problem with the Catalyst theory that I wanted to get your take on: The Catalyst theory says that the Book of Abraham is a revelation from God to Joseph Smith. This implies that God is responsible for providing a the text. However in Abraham 1:24-27, the Book of Abraham states that Priesthood was restricted based on race due to a curse. In the Church’s gospel topics essay on Race and the Priesthood, it is claimed that that the racial-based curse is incorrect and it was just a theory advanced by Church leaders.

    So because the Catalyst theory removes Joseph Smith as the translator of the Book of Abraham, and instead has the text coming directly from God, we can no longer blame Joseph Smith for the incorrect racial doctrines contained therein. It forces us to put the racial doctrines in the mouth of God instead, which contradicts the race and the priesthood essay.

    What do you think about that?

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