Approaching Mormon History: A Recent LDS Church Press Release

John Dehlin Mormon

The LDS Church just released a press release called “Approaching Mormon History.

It’s definitely an interesting read. My buddy was most concerned with this part:

“It is often asked, for example, how the Church can reconcile the authenticity of the Book of Mormon with the absence of archeological proof. This difficulty is inherent in all religious history and illustrates how spiritual matters are best verified by spiritual means…At a time when many religions are pressured to treat their sacred histories as myths, the Latter-day Saints on the contrary embrace their history as a literal expression of their faith.”

“Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, also interviewed by Helen Whitney, similarly expressed the need to take Church history literally. Articulating the difficulty of finding middle ground between myth and reality, President Hinckley said of the foundational story of Mormonism that “it’s either true or false. If it’s false, we’re engaged in a great fraud. If it’s true, it’s the most important thing in the world.”

Does this mean that there is no room in the church for those who do not take all church history and scripture as literally as it has been presented to us?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.