Let’s see: Joseph plagiarized the Solomon Spaulding Manuscript, A View of the Hebrews, and other writers of the day. And even Shakespeare. It's also claimed that The Book of Mormon was the product of Joseph's fertile imagination. So which is it? I find it interesting that when any of these claims are proved false, the critics charge that the document(s) in question is not the correct document, but the critics are never able to produce this ‘correct’ document. One thing you have to remember also, is the pages which were stolen. Joseph was told not to retranslate them because the critics had altered them to make claims against the church. These could easily be claimed to be some lost transcript of a different author which Joseph copied. The main problem with these claims is that as time goes by, there is more and more evidence coming to light which proves the Book of Mormon that were unknown to the populace in the 1800s. In the 1800s southern Africa was ‘known’ to be a barren desert with no oasis whatsoever. With the advent of satellite imagery, these oasis have been discovered and one, Wadi Sayq which matches the description in the Book of Mormon. Following the path Lehi and his group traveled from Jerusalem to that wadi and the places they stop have been found, also unknown in the 1800s. There is also the Hebraisms and Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon which no writer in the 1800s used, because they were not rediscovered until the 1920s. Plus, programs which analyze writing styles and authorship of books have determined that the Book of Mormon was written by numerous authors, none of them Joseph Smith or any other author of the 1800s. Critics like to overlook these things, even claiming that they were made up to sway their readers and believers from see what was really made up. And for those that claim that Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith planned this together. Oliver Cowdery was in a different state organizing his own religion when the Book of Mormon was published. He did not meet Joseph until months later.