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DNA Vs. the Book of Mormon

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DNA vs. the Book of Mormon presents the viewer with clear and overwhelming scientific proof that the ancestors of Native Americans were Asian - that there is not a shred of evidence that any Native American group in North, South, or Central America is linked genetically to the Israelites (or any Middle Eastern people). This is pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the validity of the Book of Mormon, the foundation of which rests upon Joseph Smith's claim that Native Americans are actually a lost tribe of Israel. This only reinforces the complete lack of biological, linguistic, cultural, anthropological, or historical evidence for any person, place, or event spoken of the Book of Mormon, leaving LDS scholars and apologists no leg to stand on in terms of their claims that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. This documentary is particularly powerful given the fact that many of the scientists interviewed herein are present-day or former Mormons who were forced to come to terms with information that Church leaders largely ignore. While the documentary was released by Living Hope Ministries, the arguments presented herein are objectively scientific ones.

In addition to the presentation of the DNA evidence from a number of scientific experts, we get to see how the committed Mormons among them (included a former LDS bishop) tried (or are still trying) to come to terms with the facts undermining the very foundation of their beliefs. Several, not surprisingly, ended up leaving the church; a few attempted to rationalize the situation by reinterpreting Joseph Smith's claims (in ways that, in and of themselves, also undermine the validity of the Book of Mormon); and one calls for LDS leaders to begin an open and honest debate about the problems inherent in Joseph Smith's teachings.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Important Documentary March 14 2010
By Garrulous Expat - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent presentation of the information related to the Mormon claim that a lost tribe of Israelites are the "principle ancestors" of the Native American peoples. The interview with the former bishop who left the Mormon church after reviewing the DNA evidence against the Mormon powerfully drives home the force of the case against the Book of Mormon. The DVD makes effective use of graphics to describe more difficult points, and it helpfully explains, some of the basic information related to DNA research. I had not realized, for example, that mitochondrial DNA comes from the mother, while the father's DNA has it's own unique fingerprint. I actually wished that there had been a little more scientific detail, but I realize that the producers wanted to stay focused on the main point, which they certainly did. Finally I should mention that several reviewers have claimed that a certain Rod Meldrum has presented evidence refuting this DVD. It is important to note, however, not only that Mr. Meldrum lacks any relevant credentials related to DNA research, but also, his presentation has actually been criticized by LDS apologists at FAIR. If you are willing to listen to a discredited 'researcher' with no training in the field, but not to the many recognized experts in this documentary, you may wish to examine your bias.
24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Active Mormons appreciate and laud this research March 21 2007
By Truth Seeker - Published on Amazon.com
I am an active Mormon and attend Mormon temples. The research presented in this work does not bother me in the least. It is merely a documentary of what has been known about the subject matter for many, many years. To attack this work is to fly in the face of solid and credible research. I have no relation to the producers whatsoever. But I appreciate what they have done. Nothing presented in this work should come as a surprise to those who are honestly seeking truth by researching Joseph Smith, his works and the early Mormon church. Truth is not afraid of challenge and research.

There is no evidence in any realm of research that demonstrates an advanced, record keeping, coin exchanging, machinery building, steel smelting, chariot/horse riding, Egyptian-Hebrew speaking, blood-descended-of-Israel, hemispheric people in the America's prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Had this been the case Columbus and his crew would have found a very advanced civilization here on this North American continent complete with cities surrounded by defensive stone and earthen walls, roads, buildings of stone, coins, elaborate trade systems, Christian theologies, churches, advanced implements of war, wheat, barley, horses, chariots, records engraved on plates of brass, gold and other alloys and the list goes on. Instead what was found? History can demonstrate the truth of the matter. Columbus found beautiful indigenous peoples with simple customs and rituals dating back thousands of years. Multitudes of languages and dialects that trace their origins to Asiatic language pools. They were all devoid of Christianity because Christ never visited this continent. All of this, including their DNA markers have NOTHING to do with Israel.

There were several publications during the lifetime of Joseph Smith that theorized where the American Indian races came from. One paper written in 1820 theorized the American Indians came from Asia. However a majority of period papers theorized the American Indians were descended of Israel and arrived in the America's after the great disbursement of the tribes. DNA fingerprinting has clearly demonstrated the lack of evidence for a Jewish gene pool in the Americas prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Joseph Smith simply incorporated the wrong theory into his book. It really is this simple. No apologies, no confusing theories, no apostate rhetoric is needed in this case. It's simply a matter of truth.

We, as a church, cannot continue to preach to the indigenous populations of the Americas in this hemisphere that they are blood descended of Israelites in order to grow the church and keep members in the church pews. It's a lie and a cunning proselytizing tool. We, as a church, say we embody the truth. Well, frankly, we need to stop covering everything up and admit some of our major doctrines are false and misguided. The American Indians and Latinos of the Americas are beautiful, Asian descended people. I challenge all Mormon Native Americans and Latinos to research your molecular geneology. Put the Book of Mormon to the test. Do not be afraid to discover where your ancestors came from. There are huge genographic projects happening right now that will help you understand your lineage. It's really about the truth. Once you really begin to hunger for truth will you be able to begin the journey of finding your past and your future.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book and DVD that fueled the discussion March 9 2010
By Lester P. - Published on Amazon.com
of whether the history of Native Americans was accurately described in the Book of Mormon from a genetic perspective. When the Book of Mormon was written, in the early 19th century by Joseph Smith, Jr., it was commonly thought that Native Americans were of Jewish descent. Due to the evidence collected as modern science advanced, this idea has been discounted by most but Mormons.

The book that formed the starting point for the discussion is 'Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church' by Simon Southerton (whom the Mormon Church excommunicated for adultry though he says it was because of his work in genetics regarding the Book of Mormon) and this DVD popularized the discussion.

The Mormon Church and mormon organizations (notably the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) and Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR)) have represented the Mormon side of the discussion while a host of traditional Christian anti-cult and apologetic organizations have combined with various non-Mormon scientists and researchers to continue the argument on the side of Southerton.

Emotions run high but the discussion is fascinating. Watch the DVD and read the book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another giant nail in the coffin of Mormon doctrine June 11 2011
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
DNA vs. the Book of Mormon presents the viewer with clear and overwhelming scientific proof that the ancestors of Native Americans were Asian - that there is not a shred of evidence that any Native American group in North, South, or Central America is linked genetically to the Israelites (or any Middle Eastern people). This is pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the validity of the Book of Mormon, the foundation of which rests upon Joseph Smith's claim that Native Americans are actually a lost tribe of Israel. This only reinforces the complete lack of biological, linguistic, cultural, anthropological, or historical evidence for any person, place, or event spoken of the Book of Mormon, leaving LDS scholars and apologists no leg to stand on in terms of their claims that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. This documentary is particularly powerful given the fact that many of the scientists interviewed herein are present-day or former Mormons who were forced to come to terms with information that Church leaders largely ignore. While the documentary was released by Living Hope Ministries, the arguments presented herein are objectively scientific ones.

In addition to the presentation of the DNA evidence from a number of scientific experts, we get to see how the committed Mormons among them (included a former LDS bishop) tried (or are still trying) to come to terms with the facts undermining the very foundation of their beliefs. Several, not surprisingly, ended up leaving the church; a few attempted to rationalize the situation by reinterpreting Joseph Smith's claims (in ways that, in and of themselves, also undermine the validity of the Book of Mormon); and one calls for LDS leaders to begin an open and honest debate about the problems inherent in Joseph Smith's teachings.

Some Mormons choose to spin the evidence in such a way as to imply it is somehow in doubt (while many just pretend it does not exist at all), but this is hard scientific data free of any bias. The only thing open to question is how Mormons will react to the evidence that their beliefs are based on a "holy scripture" that is demonstrably untrue. If there were never any lost tribe of Israel living in the Americas, one is hard pressed to explain how Jesus could have appeared to them following His resurrection.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Sept. 16 2009
By J. Teeple - Published on Amazon.com
This dvd was incredible in laying out an interesting "history" of the book of mormon and clearly showing that the claims of mormonism is false. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a mormon, ex-mormon, or someone interested in this subject. If you want to know the truth behind mormonism, check this out!!!
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