References and Resources for the Mormon Answers Section on DNA and the Book of Mormon?
This page is "Appendix 4, References Cited and Resources," supplementing the main Mormon Answers page on DNA and the Book of Mormon, and also Appendix 1, "What the Book of Mormon Actually Says," Appendix 2, "Understanding the Scientific Evidence," and Appendix 3, "Further Scientific Issues." This work is my responsibility and does not necessarily reflect official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Copyright © 2002-2012 by Jeff Lindsay.
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A Brief Review of Murphy and Southerton's "Galileo Event"--Kevin Barney responds to an article by Thomas Murphy and Simon Southerton, "Genetic Research a 'Galileo Event' for Mormons," Anthropology News, Vol. 44, No. 2 (February 2003): 20, a publication of the American Anthropological Association. Kevin's response is at FAIRLDS.org.
"Simon Says, But That Doesn't Make It So" - Blake Ostler's insightful response to Simon Southerton, published in Sunstone Magazine. The link is to a PDF document in which Ostler's response begins at page 4. Interestingly, Ostler shows that Southerton actually agrees with the primary response of LDS scientists on the DNA issue: the introduction of a small group of people into a populated hemisphere 2600 years ago is unlikely to have left a DNA fingerprint that we can readily detect today. The problem is that Southerton isn't attacking what the Book of Mormon actually says, but a popular way of interpreting of the Book of Mormon. He also provides valulable insights on the issue of intermarriage with local natives.
"'Great Surprise'—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins" from National Geographic's Daily News, Nov. 20, 2013. In related posts at Mormanity and The Nauvoo Times, I explain why Mormons should not get overly excited about this tentative report. However, it does represent an important surprise that weakens some of the attacks made against the Book of Mormon. There is simply no basis to claim that there is no genetic evidence linking Native Americans and the Middle East.
DNA and the Book of Mormon--Cooper Johnson's excellent article at FAIRLDS.org.
FARMS Review of Books--great reviews of and responses to books about LDS scripture. Also see the FARMS news item from 2000, "Genetics Indicates That Polynesians Were Connected to Ancient America."
Genetic Ancestral Testing Cannot Deliver On Its Promise, Study Warns - good reminder from Science Daily.
American Journal of Human Genetics--great source of research involving human genetics and ancestry.
DNA Mutation Rates & Evolution--an outstanding and carefully documented article on DNA mutation rates and the problem of using DNA as a molecular clock, written by Dr. Sean Pitman, Aug. 2003.
"The Problematic Role of DNA Testing in Unraveling Human History," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2000): 66-74. This article discusses the limitations and benefits of DNA analysis, urging caution before leaping to errant conclusions based on early work with new methods.
"How African Are You? What Genealogical Testing Can't Tell You. - article at Slate.com by John Hawks reminding us of the limitations of DNA testing.
Genetic Markers Are Not a Valid Test of Native Identity by Brett Lee Shelton, J.D. and Jonathan Marks, Ph.D.. This essay points out the serious limitations of DNA testing in identifying tribal identity. I would suggest that some of the same factors that limit DNA tests to determine one's status as a Native American would also limit DNA tests in determining whether someone is Jewish or not. And it also points out that 5% of Native Americans believed to not have non-native DNA fall outside the major haplotypes (e.g., mtDNA haplotypes A, B, C, D, and X).
New evidence from the Baja peninsula - an article from Discovery.com about an important source of ancient Americans other than northern Asia - a fact that has been entirely missed in the supposedly "Asia only" DNA studies.
DNA and the Book of Mormon by David Stewart, M.D. - a new resource with excellent information on this complex topic.
Scientific Evidence for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Voyages by John Sorenson and Carl Johannessen, Sino-Platonic.org.
Tempest in a Tea Pot: DNA Studies and the Book of Mormon - Brant Gardner's article at FAIRLDS.org discusses of some of Tom Murphy's errors in interpreting scientific data.
A Brief History of the Limited Geographic View of the Book of Mormon by John Tvedtnes.
Joseph Smith and John Lloyd Stephens by Ted Dee Stoddard, a terrific article which shows the impact that a Mesoamerican explorer had on Joseph Smith's understanding of the Book of Mormon and its geography
Away from the Heartland: Joseph Smith, John Lloyd Stephens, and a Mesoamerican Setting for the Book of Mormon - post on my blog, Mormanity.
"Shalom and Hey, Y'all! Jewish-American Indian Chiefs in the Old Sout" - Word document from Donald N. Panther-Yates, Appalachian Quarterly 7/2 (June 2002) 80-89. Also see Donald's website, PanthersLodge.com. A little information about his author and historian is available in Wikipedia's article, "Donald Panther-Yates."
Russell Anderson's Response Page--responds to many attacks of anti-Mormon critics.
SHIELDS--dealing with LDS historical and intellectual issues, including good answers to some common anti-Mormon questions.
FAIR--The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, dedicated to providing an intelligent defense of the truth. Many serious and well written papers can be accessed at their site.
Mike Ash's Mormon Fortress--a rich site loaded with great material.
Pre-Columbian chickens in the Americas? The related peer-reviewed scientific article is also available online. Also see my related a post at Mormanity. While there is strong evidence for significant ancient contact between Polynesia and the Americas, DNA studies of Native Americans do not (yet) show evidence of such contact.A Social History of the Early Nephites by Brant Gardner, available at FAIRLDS.org.
The Nephi Project--strong evidence for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon from the Arabian Peninsula, documented in videos.
Stone Age Columbus--An interesting BBC report about the possibility of ancient Europeans travelling by boat to the Americas in the Stone Age. Suggests that the origins of the Americas may be more diverse than conventional thinking would allow.
LDS FAQ: Questions about Science and Mormon Doctrine - a 2004 essay by Jeff Lindsay that deals with general issues of science and Mormonism, as well as specifics such as evolution, the Flood, etc.
The Waters of the Flood by Hugh Ross, Ph.D. Dr. Ross, a faithful non-LDS Christian and a scientist, points out that scriptural language about the flood covering "all the earth" need not refer to the entire globe, and argues for a scope limited to Mesopotamia. While LDS writers and leaders have traditionally taken scriptural language about the flood at a purely literal level, a limited flood paradigm is much more easily reconciled with modern science.
DNA-related articles in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of Book of Mormon Studies:
Also see Hugh Hewitt Interviews Two LDS Scholars on the DNA and Book of Mormon Issue (Feb. 2006) - the transcript of an interesting radio interview with Dr. Daniel Peterson of BYU and Dr. John Butler, a project leader at the Human Identity DNA Technologies Group, Biotechnology Division for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Finally, don't overlook the most basic resource on this topic, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is available online at lds.org, or you can obtain a free copy at Mormon.org or just call 1-877-537-0003. After withstanding more than 170 years of hostile attacks, it is truer than ever, and vitally relevant for our day. Yes, the Book of Mormon is an authentic ancient record, a true book, and the word of God. But don't take my word for it: study it yourself, ponder it, apply any tests you like, and seek guidance from God to know for yourself if it is true.