[orthodox-synod] Re: a myth...Chinese ships
- My favorite example of a discussion with Mormons is this:
One evening, I encountered two Mormon "elders," about 20 years of age. The
one who was talking asked: "Have you heard of the Book of Mormon?"
I answered: "Not only have I heard of it, I have read it."
"What did you think?" he asked.
"I think it is a 19th century novel."
"Oh," said the youthful elder, "we think it is the Word of God."
"I'm sure you do," I answered, "and, if it is the Word of God, it is without
He noded his head, as he said: "Of course."
"Well, then," I answered, "could you please explain to me why the Book of
Mormon says Jesus was born in Jerusalem? Did God make a mistake?"
One would have thought that a fatal error. Not so. He had a ready response.
"We perceive that higher education has ruined your ability to believe," the
"Son," I said, "we are not discussing my education. We are discussing your
book, which you say is the Word of God and without error. I have just
pointed out an error. What does this teach us?"
It taught us nothing. There are none so blind as those who will NOT see.
I did not even point out to him that, if Joseph Smith translated those Golden
Tablets, he brought into the Book of Mormon (by some mysterious process) some
of the same translation mistakes to be found in the King James Version of the
- Zheng He was the admiral. I remember that spelling.
However, as I recall, the touching base with the American west coast was
earlier than Zheng He.
And, you are correct. After him, the empire simply stopped building ships,
and dismantled the navy.
Amazing. But, China was the centre of the world. Why bother with anything