There is an interesting debate going on in an email discussion at Mormon-Library, an email discussion group for Latter-day Saints and other individuals and book collectors interested in all things related to Mormon books. The debate is between George Mitton of FARMS (the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) at the Brigham Young University, and Tom Kimball, an editor at Signature Books, a publisher that has published some excellent material in the field of Mormon studies but has also offended many of the true believers, sometimes referred to as TBMs (True Believing Mormons or True Blue Mormons), by publishing scholarly and academic studies that have been referred to as The New Mormon History by some and as "digging for dirt history" by others such as myself.
Apparently Roasted Tomatoes, a well known writer in the Bloggernacle, and author with his wife of the Latter-day Saint Liberation Front blog featured as one of the main "Isles" at the Mormon Archipelago, an aggregator of the best in Mormon blogs, has written a post entitled Reviewing the FARMS Review: Midgley on Palmer in which he was not especially complimentary of Louis Midgley. That shouldn't bother Louis Midgley much, however. The author has clearly taken sides with Grant Palmer against the Church. And if Grant Palmer is right, then we Mormons are all being deceived by a great hoax, and our Church leaders have been lying to us about the history of the Church right from the beginning. Because the Church is true, and I happen to have an inspired testimony, I'm certain that could not possibly be so. Why would true prophets be liars? The correct answer, of course, is that they wouldn't. The liars are those who call them liars.
I hope that the Mormon-Library list learns the truth from this debate between Brothers Kimball and Mitton. Somehow I doubt they will. Usually such debate generates more heat than light, maybe that is why I enjoy it so much. I think I'll go discuss this blog post on my own email discussion list, The Friends of FARMS. The slant is a little different there, and if this debate generates enough heat, maybe my little list will enjoy some much needed traffic. I know there are many illustrious lurkers there.