In 2005 Dialogue conducted research among it’s subscribers. There was over a 1,000 responses which (assuming that everyone answered every question) is a fairly good sized sample to infer what the population of subscribers might think. One interesting tidbit is that nearly half of the subscribers were over 61 and that 40% had a doctoral degree. They asked a range of qustions but one that interested me was: ‘What way is the Book of Mormon Authentic?’ I thought before showing the results that our readers should answer the same question:
The Dialogue subscribers answered in the following way:
33.9% = Historical
21.6% = Teaching and Moral Theology Authentic; Historicity Doubtful
12% = Moral Teachings Sound, Historicity & Divine Origin Doubtful
13.7% = 19th Century Literary Product
I would have thought that less people would have thought that the Book of Mormon was historical? Just in case your wondering, for those people who subscribe to Dialogue only 5.9% subscribe or read regularly FAIR.
Are these results surprising to you? If so why?