This paper, initially presented at the 1992 Chicago Sunstone Symposium, surveys the Biblical and historical evidence relevant to the LDS Church's teaching of a total apostasy and missing New Testament books.
Robert M. Bowman Jr. examines the Filson quote cited by LDS apologists, and carefully and concisely puts it into its proper context, demonstrating how Mormon apologists misuse the quote and misrepresent the thrust of Filson’s arguments.
Explains why the process of copying manuscripts in the ancient world, even though it produced copies with many mistakes, does not significantly affect the reliability or meaning of the books of the Bible.
Is the LDS view that the Bible is corrupted and untrustworthy a fair and accurate assessment? Did Joseph's changes to the Bible restore parts that were lost from the original manuscripts? In this response to GP chapter 10 we provide an overview and short evaluation of each of the major Mormon scriptures and how they compare to one another and the Bible.