Well, of course we can. We are free to apply any standards we choose to any text that we read. That’s how judging stuff works.
But should we judge Book of Mormon characters by contemporary standards on things like religious freedom, separation of church and state, the treatment of prisoners of war, and, well, genocide? After all, this was a different culture and a different time. Should we judge them by the same standards we would apply to someone today?
Again, the answer is, “of course we should”—if we want to take the Book of Mormon seriously on its own terms. [Read more…]