The Swedish idiomatic expression “att göra en höna av en fjäder” translates as “to create/make a hen out of a feather”. It basically means to make up facts about something we know very little of, to blow things out of proportions. This pertains to the multitude of side effects in creationist thinking. One of them is the Book of Mormon. According to Wikipedia this “is a sacred text of the churches of the Latter Day Saint [LDS] movement. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. According to Smith, the book was originally written in otherwise unknown characters referred to as “reformed Egyptian” on golden plates that he discovered in 1823 and then translated. The plates, Smith said, had been buried in a hill near his home in Manchester, New York, where he found them by the guidance of an angel, a resurrected ancient American prophet-historian named Moroni. The Book of Mormon is the earliest of the defining publications of the Latter Day Saint movement. The churches of the movement typically regard the Book of Mormon not only as scripture, but as a historical record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, written by American prophets from perhaps as early as 2500 B.C. to about 400 A.D.”
The book states that America was colonized by Middle Eastern people, some known from the Bible. These transatlantic migrations also occurred on several occasions. But there is no genetic, linguistic or archaeological evidence for this nonsense. You have to be blind if you cannot see the physical similarities between Amerindians and East Asian people. There are few Middle Eastern looking people among the Maya and even DNA studies would not be necessary to detect this difference. There is not much similarity between Semitic languages and Maya languages but the creationists can always come up with counterarguments and say that the lost tribes of Israel was not the only ancestors to the current Amerindians.
The LDS movement has sponsored archaeological investigations in the Maya area (which I must admit have been of importance, but that is because the investigations have been done by non-LDS members). Here again I quote Wikipedia (I am a bit lazy right now): “In 1955 Thomas Ferguson, an LDS member and founder of the New World Archaeological Foundation, with five years of funding from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began to dig throughout Mesoamerica for evidence of the veracity of the Book of Mormon claims. In a 1961 newsletter Ferguson predicted that although nothing had been found, the Book of Mormon cities would be found within 10 years.” However, 15 years later he stated that we cannot “set the Book-of-Mormon geography down anywhere — because it is fictional and will never meet the requirements of the dirt-archeology. I should say — what is in the ground will never conform to what is in the book.”
This was over 30 years ago but there are still people trying to find archaeological evidence that support this fictional book. I’ll bet we have more archaeological evidence for the Lord of the Rings books than The Book of Mormon. Today I found a website called Lehi’s Library. It is here where the Swedish expression comes in. I quote again: “I recently watched The History Channel’s special “The Maya: Death Empire” in which Dr. Stephen Houston of Brown University was quoted very extensively throughout. One notable quote is found near the very end of the program: “Maya archaeology is just beginning. There are innumerable cities, innumerable temples, innumerable settlements that we have not been able to study and excavate.” INNUMERABLE CITIES, TEMPLES AND SETTLEMENTS!!! How can anti-mormons so confidently claim that the deadline for discovering proof for the Book of Mormon has passed?”
This is indeed a hen made out of a feather. What this blogger tries to say is that just because we have not investigated all archaeological sites this is an indirect proof that The Book of Mormon is true! The blogger has interpreted too much from Houston’s statement, blown it out of proportions. We will never be able to investigate all sites in the Maya area or elsewhere. Even if we could we would not be able to investigate all buildings within the site, etc. There will always be the possibility for a Mormon archaeologist to squeeze in an ancient Middle-Easterner in an unexcavated mound. Despite how much evidence archaeologists or other scientists can show that either these ancient migrations occurred or that no God created the Universe, creationists will always look for gaps in our knowledge. These gaps will always be there and that is what drives research, to gain new knowledge. Creationists try to destroy knowledge by attempting to fill the gaps with nonsense.