Joel B. Groat

A set of ancient-looking bell-shaped plates provides another test of Joseph’s ability to translate unknown languages.
The LDS Church's most recent statement on Race and Priesthood repudiates doctrines taught for over one hundred years and raises questions about LDS authority and reliability.
WWCB series (Why We Can't Believe)
by Michael Marquardt — A collection and study of the original texts of Joseph Smith's revelations. Includes historical background and changes made to the revelations, as well as commentary on the significance of the alterations by contemporaries of Smith and Marquardt himself. Revelations are arranged chronologically and thoroughly documented.

Archaeology

Introductory article on biblical archaeology, addressing some common questions about the historical reliability of the Bible.

Basic Studies of the First Vision

An overview of Joseph Smith’s changing stories of his earliest visionary experience.

Book Reviews on Mormon Polygamy

Family

Is it possible within the LDS religion to have parents and their children be together as a family for all eternity? This article carefully explores the LDS teaching related to their attractive claim that families are forever.

History

This paper examines the culture, credibility and relevance of the testimony of the eleven men the LDS Church presents as witnesses to the Book of Mormon. It draws extensively from early sources, both Mormon and non-Mormon, in an attempt to provide an honest and balanced portrayal of the Witness phenomenon.

Lamanite DNA

How do Mormons today resolve the tension created when modern science exposes the errors of modern-day prophets regarding Book of Mormon peoples?

More Resources on Polygamy

Details several telling parallels between Warren Jeffs, a notorious modern polygamist, and Joseph Smith.
Lists the names, ages and marital status of young girls and women when taken by Joseph as a plural wives. Includes historical and biographical notes.

The Joseph Smith Translation

Smith did his own "inspired" revisions to the King James Bible, claiming to restore it to its original purity. How does his work measure up to ancient Bible manuscripts?

Theology

Evidence the Mormon Church is willing to mislead the general public and its potential converts.
Is it possible that President Hinckley was not intimately aware of these distinctive doctrines of Mormonism that trace back all the way to Joseph Smith?

Understanding and Engaging Mormonism

5 simple steps to avoid arguments and share your faith
Why an awareness of sin is always to our spiritual advantage.
by John Krakauer, 2003, 373 pages — True story of Dan and Ron Lafferty, two Fundamentalist Latter-day Saint brothers who murdered their sister-in-law and her baby claiming they got a revelation from God to kill them. Insightful look at the Mormon and FLDS views of revelations and the dangers of revelation that is not open to critique or reason.
by Robert Lindsey — This gripping book is the best overall telling of the Hofmann forgery / murders story. It provides a candid look at the involvement of high ranking Mormon leaders in the purchasing and suppressing of documents deemed threatening to the Mormon Church.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been less than candid about his Mormon beliefs. Just what does he as a faithful Mormon believe?
by Will Bagley — A major new study of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
An overview of the evidence that call into question Joseph’s status as a true prophet of God.
by David L. Bigler — After years of conflict in Missouri and Illinois, the militant millennial movement went to the Great Basin of North America, then in Mexico, to establish the Kingdom of God as an earthy state.
The evidence of Joseph Smith's close connection to occultism and Freemasonry, and how this influenced the origin and development of the Mormon Church is not well known outside of scholarly circles.
by Michael Marquardt & Wesley P. Walters — A meticulously documented study of Joseph Smith's early years, leading up to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the founding of what became the Mormon church.

Book of Mormon Text

View scanned images of key altered passages from the original 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon, the 1833 Book of Commandments and the 1851 Pearl of Great Price.
Brent Metcalfe, ed.— Ten contemporary Mormon writers grapple with challenges to the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
The long-suppressed work of Mormon General Authority B. H. Roberts, who in his later years came to question the historicity of the Book of Mormon, after a life-time as its greatest apologist.

By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus

Mormon Temples and Ordinances

Some have been troubled by information showing that Lucifer plays a role in the LDS endowment rites.