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WHAT EVIDENCE IS BETTER?

In his review “Hindsight on a Book of Mormon Historicity Critique,” Kevin Christensen proposes a hypothetical situation that, I think, really underscores the strength of the present case for the Book of Mormon, and answers the question not only which of evidence is better, but which kind of evidence is really more important to have in trying to build a believable case for the Book of Mormon:
Science historian and philosopher Thomas Kuhn observed that paradigm choice always involves deciding which problems are more significant to have solved.Suppose that in the ongoing Book of Mormon historicity debate we could swap currently plausible solutions for current problems. That is, suppose we had better evidence for metals and horses, a scrap of recognizably reformed Egyptian script, and even some profoundly unlikely DNA that somehow pointed directly to 600 BC Jerusalem. At the same time, suppose we did not have a unique fit for the river Sidon, nor an archaeologically suitable C…