From: Iain Strachan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 18 2000 - 21:24:48 EDT
>Fascinating. I learn something more every day. Can anyone provide a citation
>on the "Mormons accept only the KJV?"
I'm afraid I can't provide a citation, as I only heard it from this
guy. I did try once to read the Book of Mormon; I shared a house
with a recent convert to Christianity, and when the Mormons came
round, he wanted to have a go at converting them. So we read up the
book (a friend had a copy), to get genned up on it. Unfortunately it
was not possible to read the book and keep a straight face; it was so
obviously an incompetent parody of the KJV style that some bits made
us burst out laughing. We did seriously try though. I believe that
it is indeed correct that whole chunks of the KJV are copied
wholesale; there is also a plagiarised and slightly altered form of
the Sermon on the Mount, preached by Christ on returning to America
in 33AD just after the ascension.
I read recently on a website that also the KJV-ese in the B of M is
grammatically incorrect. Smith knew what words to use, but was
unable to grasp the difference between Thou (singular) and Ye
(plural), and hence used them interchangably. Similarly forms of
verbs (Shalt wilt sheweth etc) are incorrectly used, apparently.
It really beats me how anyone can believe that stuff; but I do have
relations in Canada who are Mormons and are very serious about it.
As the issue is controversial among the other Christians in the
family, we tend to try and avoid the topic.
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