It’s come to my attention that some adherents of the so-called “Heartland Model” of Book of Mormon geography have been crowing over the suppression of the FARMS Review/Mormon Studies Review and my expulsion from the Maxwell Institute. These events of the past few months, they imagine, represent a repudiation of the Mesoamerican model of Book of Mormon geography.
This is flatly untrue.
And the proof that it’s untrue is on its way:
John Sorenson — for all practical purposes the originator of the Mesoamerican model and certainly its foremost exponent — has a book coming from the Maxwell Institute, surely his magnum opus, that has been in the works for many years now. Entitled Mormon’s Codex, it’s a summation of his life’s work — he’s approaching ninety — on how the Book of Mormon fits into its Pre-Columbian American setting.
If the Maxwell Institute wanted to repudiate the Mesoamerican model, it would have cancelled publication of John Sorenson’s last book. It hasn’t done so.
Incidentally, the Maxwell Institute and, before it, FARMS have never held officially to a Mesoamerican model. We were always open to other approaches. We simply never found an alternative model that was as plausible or well-developed.
Posted from Carmel, Indiana.