I’ve noticed that a lot of anti-Mormons fall into the trap of saying the exact same things every other anti-Mormon says. Now, you might say “Well, that’s cause we’re all correct in the same way, and Mormons are wrong in the same way, so why shouldn’t we be saying the same stuff?” That’s all well and good, but I’m just telling you that it makes it harder for you to do your job.
The problem is that when a Mormon meets a new anti-Mormon, and that anti-Mormon says the exact same things the last 10 anti-Mormons have said to that Mormon, the Mormon just rolls his eyes and says “Oh, not again…” You see, the Mormon has already been inoculated against most of the stuff you’ve got to say. Even if you think it’s something new that they haven’t heard, chances are you’re wrong, especially if you’re talking to a Mormon online on a website that focuses on debating points of Mormon doctrine or history.
Some examples of things that make you sound like just another anti-Mormon-bot repeating what every other anti-Mormon says are:
- There is no archeological evidence for the Book of Mormon.
- DNA proves the Book of Mormon is false.
- The Bible proves that the Book of Mormon is false.
- Joseph Smith was married to young girls.
- The Bible proves Joseph Smith was not a true prophet.
- There were no horses or pigs in the Americas before the Spaniards but the Book of Mormon talks about them therefore the Book of Mormon is false.
- There was no metallurgy in America before the Spaniards but the Book of Mormon talks about it therefore the Book of Mormon is false.
- There is no geographical evidence for the Book of Mormon.
- What about those Kinderhook plates?
Any Mormon who has spent even a little time online has already heard these challenges to their faith 10, 20, or 100 times, and they’ve had plenty of time to look at websites like FAIRLDS.org, FAIRMormon.org, Jeff Lindsay’s site, or AskGramps.org where they find answers to all these and other challenges. So they’re ready and waiting for you, and when you bring up one of these points they already know what to say. And if they’re lazy, they’ll just send you to one of those sites and say “Do your own research, I’m tired of repeating myself” and then you get nowhere.
What’s the solution for the anti-Mormon who wants to get some traction? Find something new. Find something they haven’t heard of before. Otherwise you’re just treading the same ground many have walked on before you, and you’re just wasting your time.